Jump to content

3rd labour
Did it differ greatly from your previous two?


25 replies to this topic

#1 eM_Mille

Posted 24 November 2012 - 04:37 PM

I have a hx of precipitous labours (3 hours and then 1 hour 20 mins) and I made a comment after DD was born to the midwife about the next one being 'ridiculously quick'. She said with a smile something along the lines of 'third labours are often unpredictable and can be longer'.

Any midwives out there that can comment on this, based on your experience or any medical reason why this may be?

And for everyone else, was your third labour shorter than your previous two?


#2 Oriental lily

Posted 24 November 2012 - 05:04 PM

My second and third labour were nearly Identical.
Second
Induced in the morning by breaking waters, drip in. Dilated fairly quickly using gas as pain relief. Pushed her out in a couple of minutes lying on my side with leg in air.

No tears or damage.
By lunch  it was all over.

Third labour.

Induced in the morning by breaking waters. I begged to stay of the drip. Luckily went in to active labour very quickly so no drip needed.
Pain controlled with gas. Dilated quickly and gave birth lying on side with leg in air ( nearly hanging of the bed this time lol)
Pushed her out within a couple of minutes.
No tears or damage.

Once again it was all over by lunch.

Both 'pleasant', quick, manageable labours.

My first labour was the epic one, with a ridiculous amount of intervention due the complications of pre eclampsia.

#3 bees-knees

Posted 24 November 2012 - 05:15 PM

All three of mine were pretty much the same:
Number one:
Started spontaneously with waters breaking
39 weeks
About 14 hours from waters breaking to delivery
Vaginal delivery with a bit of a tear.

Number two:
Started spontaneously with contractions
40+2
About 12 hours from contractions getting serious to delivery
Vaginal delivery with a bit of a tear

Number three:
Started spontaneously with contractions
39+6
About 7 hours from contractions getting serious to delivery
Vaginal delivery with a bit of a tear

All pretty textbook and boring really (except for number three arriving with a bonus chromosome; that was a bit unexpected!)

Edited by bees-knees, 24 November 2012 - 05:16 PM.


#4 greatwon2

Posted 24 November 2012 - 05:42 PM

number 1 - waters broke after a few hours worth of contractions at home  4 hour labour from the time we rocked upto the hospital, pethadine, normal vaginal delivery, slight tear

number 2 - was about 2 and a half hours once we got to the hospital waters broken by the midwives normal vaginal delivery, gas only despite begging lol was too late for anything else

number 3 - was so far the worst labour I've had , had contractions on top of each other than a contraction that just didn't end , midwives broke my waters telling me it would stop the contraction and get things going right , in the end he came out sideways , i think in hindsight the big contraction may of been trying to turn him so probably should of left things alone lol vaginal delivery ..all up i think it was about 6 hours or so but would of been born within about an hour of rocking up to the hospital if he wasn't being difficult in the pushing stage .. no drugs despite once again begging and they even had the injection in the room , i sadly watched them squirt it down the sink after he was out ...i still could of used it lol

number 4  - was my best labour even tho she was presenting chin first and had to be ventous rotated ... scared the crap out of the junior doctor lol he had them prepping me for a c section before the senior ob stepped in but while the rotation was very painful it was over super fast and i was home a few hours later with my beautiful daughter original.gif  for the life of me i can't remember how long it was but can't of been more than a few hours all up


I too have heard that 3rd labours are the wild card ...someone even said to me " have 2 or 4 but not 3" lol and in my case it seems to have been right but every persons different - just plan to be at the hospital in plenty of time just in case and you'll be right original.gif

#5 mummygirl

Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:41 PM

Labour 1 - Induced, 22 hours from regular contractions, episiotomy
Labour 2 - Natural, 7 hours, tear
Labour 3 - Natural, 50 minutes, major tear requiring surgery.


#6 Guest_Wyn99_*

Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:49 PM

Labour 1: waters broke, no contractions. Induced 24 hrs later. Epidural. Forceps, episiotomy. 33 hrs from waters breaking to delivery.

Labour 2: 8 hours from first pains to delivery - no tear, DD out in 2 pushes

Labour 3: 2 days of period-like pains. Sloooow contractions. Waters broke at 3am, DS born 2 hours later. Very very painful as it felt like the entire labour was condensed.

Midwife also told me 1 & 3 are difficult, 2 & 4 easier. I'm not having a 4th so no idea !

#7 mumandboys

Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:52 PM

my third labour was my longest:

1st - 3 hours
2nd - 1 hour
3rd - 6 hours
4th - 1 hour

#8 Linds

Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:03 PM

I was also told that the third labour could be a bit unpredictable. The main difference for me was that I experienced 24 hours of 'prelabour', or 'spurious' contractions before going into proper labour with no. 3.  That wasn't a lot of fun but once my waters broke and true labour began I had DS2 in 2 hours and it was the easiest and most stressfree labour I've had.

So yes, for me the third labour was quite different but definitely the best, despite the prelabour.

First was 6.5 hours, second was 4.5 hours, third was 2 hours. No pain relief except gas with no. 1. Textbook deliveries. I feel very lucky  smile1.gif

#9 princessanarchy

Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:10 PM

First and second? Including induced first? Easy peasy. Third, hard as. Despite being fully dilated upon arrival - twice (up until then chilled, I do labour okay, I thought). 4kg baby boy, low Apgar - first ever pain relief, NICU. And I thought it was an old wives' tale designed to scare 'breeders'. Sorry - it sucked. But you'll be okay and they'll be gorgeous (he was most defintely the cutest of the newborns...maybe the morph?). Smiles, best of luck and remember - your body, your birth!

#10 seepi

Posted 24 November 2012 - 10:23 PM

I 'm like you - 4 hours, then 1 hour.

Third was still quick, but took a while to get going - irregular contractions, hours of nothing then a few more.

It was 45 minutes in the end, and contractions never became regular at all - they were regular or increasing in the other two from hours before when they were only like period pain.

with the third they were never regular at all - I have then written down somewhere - it is like 7 mins, 1 min, 2 mins 6 mins, 9 mins....forgot to write the last few - born.

#11 girltribe4

Posted 24 November 2012 - 10:39 PM

My 2nd & 3rd labour were pretty much identical , both around 12hrs. My 4th labour was the one that took us by surprise as it was only 4 hrs !!

#12 mumz3

Posted 24 November 2012 - 11:11 PM

1st was 3 hours
2nd was 30mins
3rd waters broke 24 hours before being induced due to no contractions, labour lasted 2.5 hours
4th emergency c-section @26 weeks

#13 QueenElsa

Posted 24 November 2012 - 11:42 PM

1st = 8.5 hours
2nd = 3.5 hours
3rd = 24 hours pre-labour (never had before), then ARM at 5cm, 40 minutes until DD3 arrived. Erratic!!

Good luck!

#14 B.M.C.M.I.E

Posted 24 November 2012 - 11:59 PM

When I was having my third the midwife told me that #3 was often unpredictable.

#1 - Waters broke - baby 17.5 hours later.
#2 - Waters broke - baby 6.5 hours later.
#3 - Waters broke - baby 7.5 hours later (active labour was 4 hours on the dot).

#15 Natttmumm

Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:50 AM

I'm pregnant with number 3 too and also heard that. I asked the doc and midwife and they both said often the 3 rd starts with on and off pains a few days before and then bub suddenly arrives quickly.
That would be a change for me with both previous births being induced and went on for days.
Just hoping I'm not home alone with the 2 kids that's my fear

#16 VJs Mummy

Posted 25 November 2012 - 08:04 PM

For me
Was induced 1st labour - 2hrs 41 mins 3 weeks early

2nd labour -10 mins 8 days late

3rd labour - 5 hours due to my daughter being sideways (  hheart.gif ) my angel in heaven 20 weeks

4th labour -10mins 1 month  early

Hoping to make it to the hospital with this one lol

#17 Baby BeeHinds Syd

Posted 25 November 2012 - 10:40 PM

As a midwife I can say yes, often the third baby can be a bit of a wild card, I've seen women have really long pre-labours, or really long active labours, when their first 2 labours were quick. Pre-labour can start stop over a number of days, and I see more women with their 3rd baby being induced for postdates at 41-42 weeks, when their first 2 babies were spontaneous labours no induction.

We have no idea what the research/rationale behind this is!!

At the same time, I certainly have looked after women having their 3rd whose labour just followed suit with the previous two, quick/precipitous, uncomplicated.

Good luck, hope this one doesn't muck you around!

#18 R2B2

Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:21 AM

I was watching this thread with a lot of interest the other day, so thought i'd come in and share my experience wink.gif

My first was an induction - 12 hours of "active" labour

Second was 5 hours of active labour (spontaneous)

and my third born yesterday was another induction - 2 hours from the drip going in to holding babe in arms biggrin.gif

#19 livvie7586

Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:36 AM

QUOTE (R2B2 @ 27/11/2012, 06:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was watching this thread with a lot of interest the other day, so thought i'd come in and share my experience wink.gif

My first was an induction - 12 hours of "active" labour

Second was 5 hours of active labour (spontaneous)

and my third born yesterday was another induction - 2 hours from the drip going in to holding babe in arms biggrin.gif


Congrats!!!!

#20 R2B2

Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:52 AM

thanks Livvie biggrin.gif

#21 lozoodle

Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:29 AM

I'm not liking these stories about third labour being more difficult oomg.gif

I think I might go into my happy place of denial for the next 13 weeks biggrin.gif

#22 leisamd

Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:32 AM

My midwife with my 3rd told me they 'never trust a multi(-gravida)' - yep 3rd labours are unpredictable.

My 3rd was by far my easiest, quickest & most textbook birth.

#23 eM_Mille

Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:02 PM

Thanks everyone for your replies, quite a mix it seems. Think I will go to my happy place and assume this baby will fall out like my other two did  biggrin.gif  Positive thinking right?!!

#24 nadi~bicardi

Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:11 PM

1st - 14 hours at 40+5

2nd - 5.5 hours at 41

3rd - 4 hours (sort of) at 39+6.  Nobody, including the midwife, thought he would arrive for days yet, so when I started getting contractions they were all over the place in terms of time and duration so I wasn't sure whether I was in labour or if it was BH.  I thought if I got up they might go away, but they didn't.  Then they suddenly got very strong very quickly and I felt the need to push.  I lay down on the bed (my mistake), and then couldn't get up again.  Once I felt the need to push DS2 was born after 25 minutes, delivered by the ambos.

#25 scopsOwl

Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:44 PM

Third was my quickest, best, most text book labour. I only wish all were that good.

Two of my midwives would debate whether the 3rd or 4th was the different one original.gif



Reply to this topic



  


0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Decluttering before Christmas: tips for managing the toy influx

Deciding how many toys you want to keep and enforcing a limit can help manage the sheer volume of playthings.

86-year-old taught himself to knit, now makes caps for premature babies

'Anything is possible if you put your mind to it' might just be the motto of 86 year-old retiree, Ed Moseley who despite his age and abilities has been gifting handmade knitted caps to premature babies.

Want healthy kids? Let them play in the mud, feed them allergenic foods - and get a dog

If you read about children's health, you've heard a lot of this before.

Photo captures mum's shock at delivery room surprise

Life can be full of surprises, but for this couple a surprise came in a very unexpected way.

Baby's family in law suit over RAAF base chemicals

A 10-month-old baby has been exposed to significant levels of toxic chemicals around a RAAF base near Newcastle, say his parents.

Childcare worker investigated after threatening toddler's mother

An early childhood teacher has been censured for serious misconduct after she threatened the mother of a young child.

Scottish baby names

Scotland, the wind and water-hewn land of the loch, the kilt and the heather. Bedecked in castles great and small, there are many Australians with Scottish heritage who could look to that fair country for baby name inspiration.

Do we need more parking spaces for parents?

The Give Me Space campaign is collecting stories from mums who have had difficult experiences while trying to find safe parking.

Gender neutral parenting: what it's really like

If you want to take a leaf out of Clare's book in gender neutral parenting, her advice is simple: "Follow the children's lead, and you can't go wrong."

The vital question no parent wants to think about

Since becoming a mother I sometimes wonder what would happen to my babies if their dad and I both died.

6 parents to stop judging right now

It's worth looking a little more closely at some common parenting missteps. Could it be these mums and dads are really just like you and me?

Ryan Reynolds shares delivery room tips for expectant dads

If your partner is heading to the delivery room any time soon, you've got to see Ryan Reynolds' video on dealing with the intricacies of the delivery room.

The trials and tribulations of teenage mums, 10 years later

Having her first baby at 16 was a shock for Simone Miller, but it's not something she regrets.

Grandma falls head over heels for baby - literally

Usually Valerie Sharp's plan to put her granddaughter into her cot works just fine, but when things go wrong it is hilarious.

My toddler wants all my attention all of the time - help!

This is a stage, and you and she will move through it. I can (almost) promise it.

Cotton On KIDS' cute new baby prewalker shoes

Oh watch out folks, Cotton On KIDS' baby range has just become even cuter with the release of its first ever prewalker shoe collection.

Why I love the superhero phase

My twins are heading towards three and have officially entered the superhero phase. It happened almost overnight.

I'm caught in a 'mumpetition' with my friend and I'm losing it

My best friend and I had children within a year of each other. She thinks her child is God's gift to the world.

A year of motherhood: my survival story

Motherhood burns you down, but it rebuilds you too.

Five traps to be aware of when reading IVF clinic websites

Clinics provide IVF success rates in often confusing ways because there is no agreed format on how this information should be presented.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

What pregnancy is really like: mums share their honest opinions

We asked real women what surprised them during their pregnancy. They've shared their experiences in the hope of preparing the rest of us better for the ride

The truth about big-headed babies

Research suggests that big headed babies become more intelligent than their smaller peers. One mum shares the positives and negatives of having a big headed baby.

How to encourage your baby's gross motor development skills

There are some everyday things that parents can do to improve gross motor skills and coordination.

'My baby's extra thumb saved her life'

A mum whose daughter was born with an extra thumb says that the extra digit saved her life.

He gave her his liver, she gave him her heart

Heather Krueger and Chris Dempsey's origin story began in a darker place than most: with stage 4 liver cancer.

Toilet training from birth? It is possible

This method, called elimination communication (EC or assisted infant toilet training), is becoming increasingly popular in the West.

Watch hilarious montage of strangest pregnancy questions on Yahoo Answers

Some of the strangest questions about pregnancy - and some of the most bizarre spelling - have made for a hilarious video.

How to reduce your chances of perineal tearing in birth

The use of heat packs, along with other aspects of clinical care, can reduce your risk of tearing in birth.

 

Baby Names

Unusual Celeb Baby Names

Click through the gallery to read the details and see some of the most memorable monikers in show biz families.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.