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#1 Lb1990

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:01 PM

I'm currently 36 weeks with my second pregnancy..    
My baby is currently measuring 2weeks less then what he is expected by midwives that he should be.

Completely different feeling to my first- daughter - 3years.. Born 7lbs 11oz.. Three days overdue.

I have had what seems the quickest pregnancy ever, with only four weeks to go, baby's head is engaged already, and I'm experiencing the lovely Braxton hickses, which I didn't get with my first pregnancy.

I just have this huge gut feeling my little man will be here early, I wouldn't mind if he comes now or two weeks late... I just wanted to know stories on how different your first to second labour was...

My first labour was 1 hour 30mins.. So I'm worried I won't make it to the hospital.
I know every pregnancy is different.. But this feeling in myhead won't go away that these Braxton hicks are here for the start.


#2 MARsmum

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:04 PM

My first labour was one hour and 20 minutes from first contraction to baby in my arms.  My second was one hour and 45 minutes.  And my third was also one hour and 45 minutes so all pretty comparable.  Good luck and I hope you make it to the hospital!

#3 Poss and Soss

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:06 PM

Preg 1. 38+6 induced for medical reasons. Arrived 39 weeks. 33 hour labour. No BH beforehand. Cervix not favourable before induction. Although I was having contractions for hours, I would count 'real' labour as being about 4 hours?

Preg 2. 40+9 induction. Induced at midday. Labour started 3ish. Delivery at 4.30pm. Again while in labour beforehand, I would count 'real' labour from 4ish - 4.30.

Much much faster in my case.

#4 Xiola

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:13 PM

1st labour - 41+3 no idea I was in labour and arrived at the hospital for my induction to find I was all ready 6cm dilated.  Things went pretty pear shaped after that with a big posterior baby and no relief from the contractions which I started feeling not long after that.  13 hour labour.

2nd labour - 39 week induction due to being even bigger than first.  Fantastic labour. 4 hours.

3rd labour - 37 weeks, induced due to IUGR.  waters broken at 6.30pm, DD arrived at 8.32pm...very quick!

#5 BabyHopeful

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:13 PM

DS1 born on due date, labour 11 hours.

DS2 born nearly 3 weeks early, labour 98 minutes.

DS3 born 3 days late, labour 7 hours.

#6 Fillyjonk

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:18 PM

My first labour was 2h45 with lots of braxton hicks in the week leading up to it. Ah, and 2 days over.

Second labour was 1h45 with no BH and 4 days early.

We set off for the hospital as soon as i got my first contractions with Elise as i was worried about not making it too. MY plan had been to call an ambulance if i went into labour when my husband was at work.

In the end we were in the hospital for just over an hour before she arrived.

#7 aluminium

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:21 PM

DD#1 39wks 8hrs45min
DD#2 41wks 90mins

#8 *le*

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:22 PM

Almost identical to you, my first DD arrived on her due date in one hour and 30 mins from very first vague twinge to delivery (in the back of the car)

My second daughter arrived 3 weeks early in 38 minutes from waters breaking (no contractions until a couple of minutes later) to holding her. Have a plan ready on who is taking you to hospital if your partner is not there and leave at the very first sign of anything. Although my second labour was quicker than my first, I did make it to the hospital this time.

So for me, who had a genuinely quick first labour, the second was even quicker (abour half the time). I always laugh at some people who say they have qucik labours. They don't know what qucik is!!

#9 ~*hiptobesquare~*

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:22 PM

DD1- 2 days past due date, few BH , 6 hr 20 mins labour

DD2 - 2 weeks before due date, no BH,  labour a little over 1 hour.

#10 Feral Fennel Salad

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:24 PM

True for me....after the struggle to get #1 out, my OB promised me #2 would be quicker and easier.

I was in labour for 24 hours from go to whoa (3 hours 2nd stage) with DS1 culminating with a forceps delivery...ahhhh the fun, the memories

For #2, it took about 6 hours total labour with a vacuum extraction and 45 mins 2nd stage. 2nd degree tear a d fully healed after 2 weeks.

My OB advised me not to delay getting to hospital with #2 as in his opinion, it ladies that had long 1st labours and just assume #2 will be the same that get caught having babies in cars or on the side of the road.

Hope this helps and good luck!!

ETA: both were 1 day late

Edited by Fennel Salad, 01 April 2012 - 08:26 PM.


#11 Divine 35

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:24 PM

Yes

DS 5 hours of active labour, 90 mins of pushing

DD 3.5 hours of active labour, 9 mins of pushing wink.gif

Edited by Divine53, 01 April 2012 - 08:25 PM.


#12 Expelliarmus

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:25 PM

#1 8 hours, 2 hours pushing, forceps - finally!
#2 40 minutes after arrival at hospital, 2 pushes - I think I was in labour for a couple hours before that - it was less than 3 hours
#3 20-something minutes after established labour, 1 push (about an hour and bit or something after induction began)

So yeah ... shorter!

Edited by howdo, 01 April 2012 - 08:25 PM.


#13 QueenOfTheDesert

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:26 PM

Not quicker for me.

1st labour was 2 hours long, induced at 40 weeks.
2nd labour was 3 hours long, induced at 38.5 weeks.



#14 marthajones

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:26 PM

My second labour was roughly half my first which I understand to be the 'norm'.  It was much, much, much easier - as in, by the time I cruised into hospital, I was 8cm and my midwife was genuinely surprised (as was I, after a horrible first labour where my progress was much slower and harder - I was expecting to be told I was 1cm!).  First bub was born at 39 + 5 days - second bub was almost 2 weeks overdue.  

HTH  original.gif

#15 melski1

Posted 01 April 2012 - 09:24 PM

DS1 Labour 8 hours, no BH, waters broke at home no action for 5 hours. Came on due date.

DS2 Labour 2 hours, no BH, waters broke at hospital 30mins before he was born. At hospital for just over an hour. Arrived day after due date.

Good luck!



#16 bubbalee

Posted 01 April 2012 - 09:31 PM

First baby= 13.5 hours
Second baby= 45 minutes

#17 bettymm

Posted 01 April 2012 - 09:36 PM

mine didnt really follow the usual trend, but had complication with #2

No. 1.  Labour 6 hrs total, 45 min pushing stage, natural delivery, BH only started a couple of days prior to waters breaking

No.2.  Labour 6hrs 40 min, but with a 2 (painful) hours pushing stage, waters artifically broken, battling a cervical lip due to babies head being turned sidewards,  epidural and vaccum extraction finally!  oh and had STRONG BH's with #2 for at least 2 weeks prior



So...perhaps if baby #2's head was in the right position it could have been a lot shorter?
You just never know what youre going to get! good luck

Edited by bettymm, 01 April 2012 - 09:38 PM.


#18 BabySmurf2012

Posted 01 April 2012 - 09:57 PM

Both pregnancies very similar for me.. lots of braxton hicks from very early on (about 18 weeks with no. 1 and, 14 weeks with no. 2).

No 1. labour started with a contraction and waters breaking just after 3am. By the time I got to hospital I was fully dialated and ready to start pushing. After a long pushing stage (about 1-1.5 hours) baby was born just after 6:30am - she was 1 day early.

No 2. labour started just after 4am we basically went straight to hospital as we were also worried we wern't going to make it.  Got to hospital and was 5cm dialated. OB broke my waters and again after a long pushing stage (about 1-1.5 hours again!) baby was born (spookily!) just after 6:30am. He as 3 days late.

So yes, 2nd labour was 1 hour quicker, but I seem to take a long time to push them out, so wasn't in any real danger of not making it to the hospital !!


#19 Frenchgirl

Posted 01 April 2012 - 10:02 PM

First labour was induced at 40+7 and 10 hours long.Second labour spontaneous labour at 40 weeks and was 14 hours!

#20 katieface84

Posted 01 April 2012 - 10:06 PM

Feeling a bit like you OP, Im 36 weeks with my 2nd and a bit nervous DD could be a few weeks early.

DS was 40 + 2, no BH or twinges previously, so I knew straight away it was labour. 23 hrs of posterior labour (with 3.5 hrs pushing and finally an episiotamy) he was born.

This time around lots of twinges and period type pains in the last few days, nausea, loose BMs (sorry TMI) and extreme pressure (which I didnt have until right at the end with DS).

I guess will just have to wait and see. Seriously hoping this labour is quicker though - cant go through that again!

#21 IShallWearMidnight

Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:19 AM

I hope so!
My first labour was monday- thursday (21 hours from 'active' labour to birth though) and stuff doing that again with a toddler at home!

#22 Carmen02

Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:05 AM

my 1st was 2 days early and 6hrs of labour 2 of those where pushing her out! She had to be forceped out.

my 2nd was so different, waters broke and 5hrs later he was here. On his due date

my 3rd was 6 weeks early and here within an hour from my waters breaking (first contraction was 10mins after waters breaking)

#23 ~Supernova~

Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:35 AM

My 2nd was faster, and a little earlier. DD was born 6 days early after a 6 hour labour. DS was born 8 days early after a 4 hour labour.

#24 rolandsmum

Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:47 AM

my second labour was longer, my first was around 5 hours, my second 20 hours!!, i hope if we have a third its not like 30 or more hours lol

#25 Gemini_mum

Posted 02 April 2012 - 12:51 PM

My first labour was 8 hours, I got to the hospital at 6cm dilated and the baby was born 5 hrs later.  He was 3 weeks early.

My second labour was 16 hours but I didnt realise I was in labour until 3 hrs before she was born.  I had been getting braxton hicks all the way through the pregnancy so on D Day I thought it was just more braxton hicks.  They were very irregular contractions.  So I just monitored them and the only reason I went to the hospital was because I had a bleed so lucky that happened (waters didnt break) otherwise who knows what might have happened.  She was 2 weeks early.

Good luck.  I had gut feelings that both mine would be early and they were original.gif



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