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Hey all,<br><br>
I've been wondering about this...I know that first time mamas generally go long in their pregnancies (like a little over 41 weeks I think?) but does anything know whether the same is true for second time mamas who've previously had a cesarean? Since our bodies haven't gone through the birth process, are we more like first timers or, since we've already gestated fully (more or less) once, are we more like second timers?<br><br>
Not that I'm anxious or anything but I just passed 40 weeks yesterday (Wahoo! Never thought I'd make it this far!) and I'm just curious about how impatient I should be. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I've never heard that VBAC moms in particular go longer. I had my son (Hosp VBAC) at 37 wks 4 days. I think every mom is different. Some babies just need to cook longer than others, VBAC or no VBAC.<br>
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Totally anecdotal, of course, but....<br><br>
My first (c-section due to failed induction) was delivered at 41 weeks, 5 days.<br><br>
My VBAC labor began spontaneously at 40 weeks, 1 day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.<br><br>
Hope you start laboring soon.
 

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I don't think it makes a difference. My first was 37w6d and my 2nd was 36w2d. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I kind of wonder that too. Ds was born at 42 weeks 1 day. I dialated fully so I am wondering if that makes it easier to dialate the second time.<br><br>
blackberrymama, how far did you get in dialation the first time around?<br><br>
Good luck on your VBAC!! Let us know!!
 

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I think every VBAC labor is different. With my first child, I had PROM had 36 weeks with a failed induction (no dilation at all) and finally a CS. With my second, I went into active labor on her due date, and had been in early/prodromal labor for 2 days before that.
 

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My story is similar to egoldber's. PROM at 38 weeks, failed induction, surgery. I only dilated to 1cm so when I had an exam last week (at 39 weeks) I was so thrilled to find out that I'm already dilated to 1cm! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> That, along with the fact that I'm past 40 weeks now (40w2d) and I'm not leaking gives me hope I'll actually finally get to go into labor on my own! One of my OBs has suggested, though, that if my cervix didn't dilate before, then it's not going to dilate now either, but I think he's just annoyed that I've dared to stick to my VBAC plans instead of a "voluntary" repeat cesarean. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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FWIW, my midwife said that first-time VBAC moms labor like a first-time mom. I sure did!!!!! I was 9 days late, labored for three days (one early, two active) before I had my VBAC. But I got to ten centimeters all by myself so that's what counts! I was two days late with dd #1, but I was induced so I don't know how late she would have been. Although, I was in early, early labor with her when I was induced, labored for 23 hours before a section for "failure to progress." I only got to four centimeters, but like I mentioned already, I obviously got to ten just fine on my own with dd #2 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My vote would be that first-time VBAC is more like a first-timer in general but, again, like the pp said, every mama is different. But congrats on getting to 40 weeks...hang in there and happy birthing!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 
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