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Just curious about labor times. I've heard that labors usually get quicker after each child. My first labor was 8 hours total, second was 4 hours total. I'm slightly concerned that my next will be 2 hours. My 4 hour labor was too fast! What's your experience been?
 

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Just wanted to say that I love your quote. Except sometimes I think my brain is starting to go as well as my body. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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MY first labor was about 9 hours (though only 4.5h from 1cm to delivery) and my second was less than 3 hours. I'm wondering how fast this one will go... Although as intense as the last one was, I'd be just fine if it only lasted an hour. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Dd1 was induced and born in 7 hours. It was horrible. With Dd2 I woke up at 2am with very strong contractions. I had a nurse midwife. I went to the hospital and was 4cm. I had dd2 at 8:30am. Much better birth. Ds was born at home. I had annoying contractions and was dialated to 3 for two weeks but from the time I was uncomfortable and started dialating more was 45 min-1hr 15 min. My midwives said it would be faster but I didn't expect it to be that fast. It was way less painful and I only had to push 3or4 times. I was in water for about 30 min which was amazing. I only got out because ds shoulders got stuck. My greatest advice is to imagine opening up and squat if you can. I made myself relax as much as possible and tried not to fight the pain. I went from 3-5 squatting at the edge of the bed. 5-8 sitting on the toilet for 15 minutes and the rest in the pool. I wish you an amazing birth!!!!! and lots of blessings!!!!!!
 

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I was going to ask if there was a difference between first and second labors in terms of what procedures were done. My first labor was 14 hours from about the time my water broke until I had my baby, but I ended up with an epidural and pitocin augmentation when things slowed down. I'm curious how things will go this time in terms of laboring duration.
 

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My first birth was 12 hours, second was 6 hours, third was 7 hours (though I wasn't sure I was in labor until about 2 hours before he was born--I'd had a lot of false labor!). These were all natural, the last two being at home. I don't know that labors continue getting shorter, but that subsequent labors are usually shorter than the first. I'm glad too--I think any shorter than 6 hours would be too intense for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> .
 

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My first labor was 12 hours in a hospital but they didn't bug me too much.<br>
My second labor was in a hospital and was sadly full of interventions - pitocin, having to stay in bed but no epidural, it was 22 hours.<br>
My third labor was at home, completely intervention free and was 6 hours.<br>
It will be interesting to see how long my next labor is <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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first: 7 1/2 hrs total (from when I started noticing contractions); hospital, I had Nubain (probably didn't need it!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ), no other interventions.<br><br>
second: 4 hrs total, hospital, no interventions<br><br>
third: I don't really know when contractions started, but total was probably 6+ hrs. Hospital, no interventions (didn't have time, got to hospital 5 mins before ds was born!)<br><br>
So overall the labor times didn't get shorter between 2 and 3, but I think the time in transition was much shorter with each child. Also, the pushing time seemed MUCH shorter.
 

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I count my first labor from the time the contx started - 7 hours. If you add the time from when my water broke but I was not in labor it was about 9 hours. My second was 2 hours and 45 minutes.<br><br>
I've heard that second labors are faster, but thirds are unpredictable.
 

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FIRST WAS 18 HOURS<br>
SECOND WAS 5 HOURS<br>
THIS ONE I AM A BIT WORRIED BECAUSE IM A HOUR AWAY FROM THE HOSPITAL AND I DONT WANT TO HAVE THIS BABY ON THE SIDE OF THE INTERSTATE<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:<br>
MY SISTER JUST HAD HER 2ND BABY SHE WAS IN LABOR FOR 20 HOURS AND HER FIRST WAS 34 HOURS LOL SO I GUESS IT WAS SHORTER. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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I'm as textbook as it gets. Fourteen hours with the first and seven with the second. Labored at home for all but the last hour or so with both.
 

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I just wanted to add that my after pains after my 3rd child were more painful than my contractions. I don't really even remember them after dd's 1&2. I needed a lot of help with my kids just for that reason. I took Valerian, Cramp Bark, Skullcap and False Unicorn (also good for menstruation cramps) tinctures in Chamomile or Red Rasberry Teas. Ask a midwife before taking anything. My dd's also enjoyed massaging my uterus which hurt a lot but helps in the long run.
 

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My first labor was 26 hours<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: . My second was 6 hours, and by far the easiest of my three labors...also the biggest baby. Number three was 19 hours. No meds. with any of them. I honestly think it has more to do with the position of the baby than anything else. All of mine were 8.5 to 10 pounds, all were born about 10-14 days early. DS #2 was the 10 pounder, but he just seemed so much easier...he just seemed to be in the right position and ready to come on out easily (if you can call any labor easy!).
 

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Exactly! My 8 hour labor was perfect! 4 hours was too intense, even in the water. I'm pouring over "Active Birth" again to find the right positions for slowing things down. It's interesting that second labors are usually shorter but not necessarily subsequent labors. Gives me hope!<br>
Amywillo, as far as my quote, I just heard it and thought it fit me perfectly. I just turned 35 and being pregnant, chasing two very active boys all day, I'm falling apart! My brain can't quite comprehend that I'm not 21. Suddenly 40 seems so young...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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My first, INDUCED was 7 hours.<br>
Second, I got to 4cm in 8 hours at home (he was c-section, footling breech) I didn't know I was in labor either, thats why I hung out at home so long, the contx were there, but completly painless - I think because there was no head pressed on my cervix.<br><br>
My sisters first was 36 hours, with every kind of painkiller etc.. the hospital could supply. Her second was 4 hours, she didn't get to the hospital in time to get anything for the pain!
 

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First labor, around 14 hours--assisted home birth<br>
Second--20 minutes active labor, from start to finish less than 4 hours--freebirth.<br><br>
I am expecting the unexpected this time around since I too have heard "first--slow, second--fast, third--unpredictable". We'll see. But I sure don't plan on going really long this time!! LOL
 

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1st - 20 hours, natural, in hospital<br>
2nd - 9 1/2 hours, natural, in birth center<br>
3rd - 17 hours, natural, at home<br><br>
All three times, no IV, no episiotomy, no anything. After just about exactly halfing my time from 1 to 2, I expected to again half it. Midwife kept telling me third was the wild card and you could never assume. I still assumed 5 hours anyway. Silly me! But 1 and 2 were in the right position - 3 was posterior and came out that way too. Not what I would recommend but still in general the easiest of my three labors (just rougher pushing stage).<br><br>
Keep an open mind. It will go like it does. You will handle it great!<br>
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1st - 2.5 hrs.<br>
2nd - 1 hr. 45 min.<br><br>
Both were natural, unmedicated with midwives. I'm throwing my hands up with #3. I'm trying to be prepared for it to go either way.
 

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I'm sure hoping my second is better!!<br><br>
I was induced with a sunny-side up baby (14 hours of pit and a c/s)<br><br>
What is the difference normally between a face up versus a face down babe??
 

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If the baby is face up then they have to rotate 180 degrees to come down the birth canal. This is called a posterior position and it can cause long and painful labors because the head doesn't come in contact with the right place to open the cervix. Also back pain is common with posterior babies. Some people don't have many problems with posterior, I did.<br><br>
With my first labor-dd, 8am water broke, no real contractions until we went to the hospital at 8pm (12 hour rule to prevent infection) Then contractions began and I had her 5 1/2 hrs later.<br><br>
Second labor-ds was a week overdue, I was induced for a large baby. Induced around 9am and had a long difficult labor including shoulder dytocia and posterior baby and he arrived at 7:30pm which was 10 1/2 hours of hell without any medication.<br><br>
Third one is due today and they've wanted to induce me for 2 weeks for a large baby. We'll see how soon I can get myself into labor and how long it will take. Frankly I am not hung up on how long my labor is it's more like can I get a chance to birth without a c-section since this is what I have been hearing I need for the entire pregnancy.
 
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