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#1 123Babies4Me

Posted 12 June 2018 - 05:37 AM

So I am 37 weeks with baby no.5. No. 2 and 3 were pretty quick labours (a few hours of established labour) but no.4 was my longest! Also a very irregular labour, stop/ start contractions. She ended up being my biggest baby by quite a margin. No.2,3 and 4 were all late too (no.2 and 4 by a week!)

So I’m not sure what to expect really! Can anyone share their experience of going into labour after having a few previous labour’s?

(The only thing I am thinking of at the moment is to not expect baby to come early!)

#2 4lilchicks

Posted 12 June 2018 - 07:18 AM

My #4 was huge compared to the others, 1kg heavier than #3!!  

I had quick labours for all of my kids (#1 was 4 hours total). #3 was stop/start and after going to hospital everything stopped so they broke my waters the next day and she was born in 1.5 hours. #4 everything stopped again at hospital then started again and he was born quickly. #5 I woke with a dull constant ache in my lower back and stomach.  I had a lie down then when I stood up I felt like I needed to push. No contractions at all, just pressure.  DH rushed me to the hospital and I was 8cm and DS was born 45 min later. It was the weirdest labour, no pain or contractions besides the mild ache in my back and stomach but huge pressure. I spoke to the midwife later and she said the monitor said I was contracting every minute or 2 but I felt nothing but pressure to push the baby out.

Good luck with your 5th birth :)

Edited by 4lilchicks, 12 June 2018 - 07:19 AM.


#3 all-of-us

Posted 12 June 2018 - 08:02 PM

My 5th was my smallest baby - and only 20mins from start to finish.  Born on the way to hospital and all ok.

I was more worried about having a long labour with interventions - so happy with what occurred. Good luck enjoy your baby

#4 Soontobegran

Posted 15 June 2018 - 07:53 PM

My 5th baby was born after an induction at 39 weeks and a 10 hour labour.

My longest labour was 36 hours, my shortest was 9 but if you have a history of short labours this one will probably not be long but most people get into hospital in time to deliver.......try not to stress and enjoy.

#5 Oriental lily

Posted 15 June 2018 - 08:35 PM

I knew my 5th baby was going to be a different experience . He was tiny and kept flopping everywhere from Breech, Tranverse ,head down back to breech.  My 4 other labour’s had all been relatively straightforward except my first that was complicated with PE . My 2nd and 3rd daughters had been great , my 4th my first boy was painful but still short .

This baby though was a difficult customer . Due to my age (41) and my BP doing the creep up ( all my three previous births had been inductions due to PE raising its ugly head again) I was induced . I knew things were not right . I knew he was not ready and was going to play silly buggers . I spent the night before my induction crying because I had a premonition things were not going to be good and I begged for an  elective c section .

Well I was right .

Baby was scanned in the morning, head was down ( not engaged though) and they decided to break my waters . I was no where near ready , my cervix was tight as a drum yet they forced their way in there  ( very painful experience ) got my waters broken and things went to sh*t pretty much straight away . They tried to put monitor on his head and he literally flipped . Went tranverse and my umbilical cord dropped . Heart beat went missing . Category 1 emergency . Rushed in and I was given a general anaesthetic and baby was taken out via emergency section . My placenta was very low ( they knew this) so they needed to cut through the placenta  to reach baby and I lost a lot of blood . Next thing I knew I was recovery in a lovely world of pain , baby was still with paediatrics .

He was not doing well . Really struggling to breath . I got to stroke his little head through his isolet and then he started to crash in a big way and they called NETS to take him to the Royal woman’s . They took him just after 12 o’clock that night after taking hours to stabilise him . So hard with me doing nothing except lying there . I was hoping to reunite with him but they couldn’t transfer  me due to no beds in the woman’s . Which had me a sobbing mess , I got out on day three and travelled in to be with him .

All up he spent 5 days in NICU and 3 days in special care nursery before coming home at 9 days old .

So after that novel ( sorry)  births don’t necessarily get easier the more you have .

Hope yours goes smoother !

#6 123Babies4Me

Posted 16 June 2018 - 05:52 AM

Oriental Lily I’m so sorry you had such a difficult experience with your no.5 😔 I’m glad that I’m the end he was ok.

#7 Soontobe7

Posted 16 June 2018 - 10:59 AM

My 5th was my longest labour (11hrs) I have had some pretty quick labours  2nd was almost born in the hospital carpark.

I found  5th to be the hardest by far. A combination of my age 44, and having labour start at 10.30pm my waters broke. I went into hospital straight away due to meconium in the waters.

It was a stop/start labour too! So when the pushing time came around in the morning I was exhausted!!

I also felt less strong physically this time and found it all much harder this time around. She was pretty big too 9p 8oz, but not as big as my 4th!!
I know for sure NO more babies for me 😁

Good luck!!

Edited by Soontobe7, 16 June 2018 - 11:00 AM.




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