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    Default First birth versus second birth

    I'm curious: was your second birth shorter than your first? Easier? Better?

    I was in labour for 1000 years (or 36 hours, labouring at hospital for 15) with DS and I'm wondering if it's likely it really will be shorter this time.

    I know it depends on baby's position and other factors, but as a general rule..?

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    Mine was amazingly better but I think thats because I was more prepared. Positioning was a big factor in my difficulties with DDs birth so i was super conscious with DS's pregnancy of his position.

    DD: first contraction around 2am from memory, got to hospital at 1pm, i think was 4cm around 2pm, 8cm around 4 and she was born at 5:30pm via forceps.
    DS: first contraction around 4/4:30am, went about my day, 1pm contractuons got bad, arrived at hospital around 2 and he was born 249pm.

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    I'm very curious about this too!

    I had a 9 hour labour ( can't complain about that) but an ambulance ride and vacuum delivery. Interested to know what birth might be like the next time around!

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    Sorry mine was longer and harder. My first was induced and was my 2nd easiest labour of the 6. My second was the second hardest he was born with hand up beside his head waving at the world.
    My shortest and easiest was my 5th
    My longest and hardest by a million miles was my 6th.

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    I was induced with my 1st so slightly different from the beginning. DS was not quite optimal position. He was against my back slightly so I got lots of pain in the back and he turned during labour.

    'Real' labour started at about 2am-ish. Baby was out just after 7am. Note: my induction was a Cervidil tape. They inserted at about 9ish. Removed at midnight as contractions were too hard/fast. They slowed down heaps after this which is why I said 'real' labour began later. All up - 10 hours inclusive of induction.

    2nd - went into labour naturally at home. 2.5 hours from first pain to baby in arms.

    The pushing stage was so much quicker 2nd time round. 1st time it was at least 1-2 hours (I was exhausted). 2nd I pushed for 10 mins or so.

    So, loads quicker for 2nd but we knew it would be quick from my 1st. Midwife told me it should take about half the time - but I am pretty sure that is due to pushing stage being so much quicker.

    I also found I was so much more relaxed and I think that helped with the 2nd. Oh, and she was a great position.

    Also, I had an ob appointment on Monday and went into labour on early hours of Friday morning. I was 3 already on the Monday so there was 3 cm less to dilate (I was 5 when I got to hospital - that was about 45 mins after contractions started)

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    My son was compound presentation too LLH which is partly why labour was long and hard.

    I also was very uncomfortable with the midwives I happened to get, they were bossy and it really put me off.

    I have one midwife this time so I'm hoping in that respect my body might relax more knowing her and not getting a stranger forcing me to eat toast every half an hour.

    DS was posterior for a bit of my labour so I will be trying to get DD to engage in an anterior position when the time comes!

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    Hello! With my first, waters broke at 9am, then i stuffed around getting to hospital by about 2pm, solid onset of labour for 5hrs, he was anterior, felt like he was coming out my back!! OB twisted him out the right way.

    With second, it was very solid onset and 4hrs all up.

    Both of them were 5 pounders, so pretty small.

    I laboured like my mum. Both of hers sol8d onset and short labour.

    Ps sorry i meant posterior
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    Default First birth versus second birth

    My first was quicker and did more damage but I was induced and had pethidine. My second was longer but I wasn't induced and I was active the whole labour (about 14 hours from waters breaking) but only really unbearable for about 1.5 hours. Made it to hospital with only 1 hour before he was born. I had no drugs or interventions and he was 4.85kg and 57cm long but I had no stitches, tearing or grazing at all.

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    My first was over 20 hours and ended in an emergency c sec.

    My second was just over 5 and a half hours VBAC - I arrived at hospital fully dilated, only an hour after I started timing contractions. They came on hard and fast.

    Both were posterior, but the first his head was at an angle which made him get stuck, hence the c sec.

    Be prepared for the second to be much faster. I was taken by surprise - if he hadn't been posterior we may not have made it to hospital!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow road View Post
    My son was compound presentation too LLH which is partly why labour was long and hard.

    I also was very uncomfortable with the midwives I happened to get, they were bossy and it really put me off.

    I have one midwife this time so I'm hoping in that respect my body might relax more knowing her and not getting a stranger forcing me to eat toast every half an hour.

    DS was posterior for a bit of my labour so I will be trying to get DD to engage in an anterior position when the time comes!
    Funny enough my face presentation bub was my easiest and fastest.
    He surprised the poor ob and midwives and popped out as they were trying to transfer me to the op table. It was like a scene out of a movie the ob was lifted up on to the bed between legs. Hubby missed the birth as he was getting gowned up.


 

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