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If you had a fast first labour, how was your second labour?


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#1 OnTheJourney

Posted 16 April 2012 - 05:10 PM

Hi all,

I am currently pregnant with my second baby.  My first   baby was born in under 3.5 hours (from first ever labour sensation - no   Branxton Hicks or pre-labour) and the labour was very intense.  It has   been suggested to me by my care providers and others that this labour is   likely (but obviously not guaranteed!) to be similar or faster in   duration.  I know that all labours and births are different, however I   am just curious about other people's experiences.

So if you experienced a fast first labour, how did your second labour compare in length and intensity?

Thanks

#2 Kim

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:19 PM

My first was 2 hrs 15 mins, It was a natural labour and very intense.

Labour no. 2, the OB recommended an induction.  I refused, so was told to get to the hospital at the first sign of labour.  Ds2 was born in 19 mins from first contraction to delivery.

This labour was scary, I delivered ds2 as I entered the delivery suite, then promptly went into shock, shaking and crying and not wanting to see ds.  This passed in about 15 mins and it was all good.

Both times I had no clue labour was on the way, no idea when my waters had broken or pre labour.  Labours were easy though with no tearing or stitches.

My OB theorized I was in silent labour with contractions I couldn't feel prior to delivery.

Dd, was fast as well, but not as intense, perhaps by now I was used to it?  

Hers was different though because this time I knew my waters had broken, but there were no contractions.  I went to hospital and was monitored for the next few hours still no contractions.

Eventually the OB on duty did an internal, minutes later I had my first contraction and she was born 15 mins later.

So yeah mine have gotten faster and my 2nd was certainly more intense.

#3 MARsmum

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:29 PM

My labour with DD1 was 1 hour and 20 minutes from first contraction to baby in my arms.  It was incredibly intense.  I had one contraction, then another 5 minutes later, then another 3 minutes later and then they were constant until she was born.  I arrived at the hospital ready to push and she was born shortly after we got there.

Because of the speed of DD1, I was induced for DD2 and DS.  I was already 2 to 3 cm dilated in both cases and my labours for both DD2 and DS were 1 hour and 45 minutes.  

For DD2, all I needed was an ARM and although it was quick, there was a more gradual progression of contractions and not the constant contractions that I had with DD1.

My DS was stubborn (typical) and I also had to have the drip as labour didn't establish after an ARM.  However, my labour with him was also more like DD2 even though I had the drip.

Good luck!

#4 *lightning

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:31 PM

I have 3 children and every labour has been quicker and more intense then the one before.

I'm currently pregnant with baby 4 and considering I barely made it to hospital with my DS2, I might rock up at the first hint of a contraction laugh.gif

#5 lactasticmama

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:59 PM

First labour was 3.5hrs. Second labour was 3hrs.
Didn't get to labour with #3 though, so no idea if I would have had an even shorter one original.gif

#6 chookpea

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:02 PM

My first was 6hours, second was 4 hours.  
My obs recommended I go straight to the hospital when my contractions started and not to call first in case the midwives told me to stay at home.  I'm glad I took his advice!

#7 Luvmy4

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:05 PM

First labour was 4hours posterior presentation
Labour 2 was 15 minutes...  ohmy.gif born at home delivered by DH as there was no time to go anywhere
#3 & 4 were 30 minutes but we made it to hospital just with each of those

#8 Super Cat

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:05 PM

First 2hrs 11min

Second 27mins

Third 1hr 45min

4th about 2.5hrs

#9 mum2cooper

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:09 PM

First 2hrs, second 3hrs.

#10 Squidlet

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:10 PM

First was 6 hours.  Second was 1.5 hours.  Barely made it to hospital ohmy.gif

#11 seepi

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:12 PM

First - 4 hours (hospital records) but I was in labour for ages before this with regular contractions - just not that painful so they sent me home with tablets etc. 2.5 of the 4 hours was pushing a stuck baby til I finally got an episiotomy.

Second - 1 hour (hospital record) in reality about 20 minutes. Noone was in the room with us til the last 5 minutes - they just wrote down the time we arrived as the start of labour, even though they didn't bother taking us to a delivery suite or anything..

Third - 45 minutes (hospital records) but in reality much much longer than number 2. contractions never became regular with this one. I wrote them down and it was like 8 mins, 4 mins, 11 mins, 2 mins, 5 mins, baby born.

In my experience hospitals will tell you to stay home if you can actually talk on the phone. They will also make you go home once you get there unless you are screaming.

I think just go as soon as you think you might be in labour, and if they send you home, just go to the cafe for a while or something, in case it all ramps up.

#12 MummaDiva

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:14 PM

DD1 was born in just under 3 hours, at 36 weeks.  DD2 was born in just under 1.5 hours, at 39 weeks 1 day.  I truly wish I had been offered the option of being induced - it was so stressful thinking that I could actually end up having the baby by the side of the road.  Our local hospital is about 30 minutes away, and it was probably only by pure luck that I was out having dinner at a restaurant a 2 minute drive from the hospital - I knew before I had my mains delivered that I would have a baby in by hands by the time everyone had gotten around to dessert.  I asked my Mum to go home to get my bags, and by the time she arrived at the hospital (so just over an hour round trip), she was meeting her second grandchild for the first time.
The labour for DD2 was definitely much more intense - I passed out a few times and just couldn't cope with the pain, nor the sensation of the midwife manually breaking my waters, but because DD2 was so quick, the midwife didn't have time to do much else, and certainly didn't get around the bringing out the pain relief menu.

Edited by MummaDiva, 17 April 2012 - 10:23 PM.


#13 MyPrincess

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:15 PM

Yes same as what *lightning wrote! I have three children and all labours have gotten faster & definitely more intense! My labour with DD1 was only a few hours from my waters breaking to holding her in my arms. With DS I was induced as my waters broke but no contractions started (I think the only reason my waters broke was because we were moving house that day & I did a little too much!) This labour was very intense but I think it was because of the drip. So from the first proper contraction to holding him was about 50 minutes. With DD2, this was the most intense labour of all. The labour was very short and caught me by surprise (although I really should have known and even my Ob told me to go to the hospital at the first signs). The contractions came on very quickly so I almost didn't make it to the hospital. When we arrived at the hospital, I was ready to push and she was born within 10 minutes of getting there!

So I think if we do have a number 4, I'm going to ask to be induced because I honestly don't think I will make it to hospital next time!

Good luck and congratulations!

#14 MummaDiva

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:21 PM

QUOTE (seepi @ 17/04/2012, 11:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
In my experience hospitals will tell you to stay home if you can actually talk on the phone. They will also make you go home once you get there unless you are screaming.
I think just go as soon as you think you might be in labour, and if they send you home, just go to the cafe for a while or something, in case it all ramps up.


Very good advice!  

The midwife I ended up with didn't believe I was in labour until the baby was basically stuffing crowning!!  "But you can talk - you're holding a conversation!".  All I could manage was "Yes, well, I normally don't #$%& talk with every #$%& second #$%& word a #$%& expletive you #$%& twit."




#15 pixiesticks

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:28 PM

DS1 - 1 hour at 36 weeks.
DS2 - 2.5 hours at 38 weeks.
DS3 - 12 hours at 40 weeks.

#16 3inJune

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:29 PM

I had a 4 hour labour with my first but my second took 7.5 hours.  She did present with her hand above her head and this apparently slowed everything down.  Third was about an hour original.gif  I did actually prefer the 7 hour labour.  Less intense and more calm.

#17 snortle

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:32 PM

1st 2.5 hours
2nd 1 hour - posterior labour yuk!
3rd less than 15 mins - my best labour, pain levels didn't exceed 6/10!

These are times from my first contraction to my arms.
If you feel that you are in labour go to the hospital right away. The worst that will happen is you will get sent home for another day!
Don't listen to midwives who will try to discourage you from coming in. Most people don't deliver like us weirdos in the thread LOL! So in my experience they will assume you are over anxious and try to persuade you to stay home

Good luck original.gif


#18 MickeyBoo

Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:25 AM

My first was 5 hours, which isn't super fast, but fast for a first labour, first three hours were manageable on my own, the last two were a blur of pain and activity. My second was 7hours but she was large and I had complications, my third was 3 hours and my fourth was 1 hour. So taking the second out of the equation because it wasn't a straightforward labour, they seem to be decreasing by about half each time. They have warned me that it could go either way this time, and I might be lucky with 30mins, or it could just just really drag out. Really hoping for the 30min option!

I was induced with my first and went into labour naturally at home with my second. I rang when the contractions were 5mins apart and could talk through them with some effort, I expected the midwife to tell me to stay home, but she asked me what number baby it was and how fast my first labour was, when I said 5 hours she said to come in straight away, so some of them have their heads screwed on right. Mind you I would have gone in whether she told me to or not!

Edited by MickeyBoo, 18 April 2012 - 09:29 AM.


#19 50ftqueenie

Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:36 AM

6 hours for first labour (not as fast as some, but pretty quick for first time).  All up a pretty great experience, DD was out in about 3 pushes.
4 and a half for second labour - very intense and longer pushing stage.  DS was 4.1kg so I guess it was never going to be easy  wink.gif

#20 Gumbette

Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:36 AM

My 1st labour was 45 minutes.  I'm actually thinking of camping on the hospital grounds with this 2nd one after reading all the replies.... unsure.gif

#21 Carmen02

Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:41 AM

my labours have all gone quicker, my first was 6hrs mostly with over 2hrs of failed vaccum so she was delievered by forceps she was stuck.
my 2nd was 4.5hrs
my 3rd was just over an hour i went from 4cm to 10 in an instant it was freaky feeling. I have been told to not muck around and go to the hospital very fast if i have another lol

#22 MickeyBoo

Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:51 AM

QUOTE (Carmen02 @ 18/04/2012, 09:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
my 3rd was just over an hour i went from 4cm to 10 in an instant it was freaky feeling. I have been told to not muck around and go to the hospital very fast if i have another lol


LOL thats what happens to me every time Carmen, I'll be dealing with the pain on the gas and then it just bites through and I reach my point of no return, they check me and I am only 4-5cm, and within 2-3mins of them checking I am 10cm and pushing. I don't know what I'd do if it decided to not express through the last 5cm!

#23 Fanny McPhail

Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:17 AM

My first was 6 hours, my second was 1.5 hours.

I wasn't planning on having a third and now, after reading all these replies, I am definitely not having a third.

#24 OnTheJourney

Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:59 PM

Thank you all for your replies.  I already had myself convinced things will progress more quickly this time, but I'm also preparing myself for it not to go that way too, as only time will tell I guess.  

We're having a planned home birth (with my midwife living less than 5 minutes away) so I won't have the added stress of trying to get anywhere.  And if it happens too quickly for my midwife to get here, then DH caught DD on the bathroom floor first time around, so we're both fairly comfortable with that happening again!  I just need to get my head around the fact it could be the same or even more intense than first time ohmy.gif

Thank you again

Edited by OnTheJourney, 18 April 2012 - 08:59 PM.


#25 Al.Packer

Posted 20 April 2012 - 02:00 PM

9hrs with #1 (induction and posterior).

1hr 50mins with #2.

2hrs 30mins with #3.




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