Due to have another baby in the next few months and I'm hoping my second labour will be much easier than my first!
I had a induction with my first at 39 weeks, gas, pethadine, epi, vacuum delivery and 2nd degree tears - around 35 hours from start to finish.
With your second did you find it easier?
Was it shorter?
I'm hoping not to be induced this time but it also leaves me a bit in the dark about what natural labour is like!
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30-04-2014 11:09 #1
Differences in labour with each child
30-04-2014 11:19 #2
My second wasn't really shorter from start to finish, but the second stage was.
My first labour started and didn't stop, 16 hours of quite strong pain.
the second one was stop start for 23 hours all up.
My third, fourth and fifth I had a bit of prodromal labour but my second stages were really fast.
most women find the second is different from the first.
It's worth reading as much as you can to see what you might like to do differently this time.
im due in August too! I'm hoping to be settled comfortably at the hospital for this birth! I always seem to doubt I'm in transition.
30-04-2014 11:24 #3Senior Member
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I was induced both times, 2nd labour was shorter. Textbooks say they are meant to get shorter with each child but there are so many variables.
Try to relax and focus on the end result! All the best
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30-04-2014 11:30 #4
30-04-2014 11:33 #5
My first was fairly quick, induction with two hours of active labour and 30 minutes pushing. Fairly painful contractions, I had pethidine which helped.
Second labour was also fairly quick but longer than #1. Spontaneous labour with 3.5 hours of active labour and 15 minutes pushing. Contractions were easily manageable in the shower.
Best of luck, hope it's a bit easier for you this time!
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30-04-2014 11:35 #6
First was spontaneous at 9days overdue, 22hrs, 3.5hrs pushing, 3rd degree episiotomy, ventouse extraction, 4th degree tears.
Second was spontaneous at 9 days overdue, 3hrs, I didn't push but second stage was 19min. Baby was compound presentation, 2nd degree tears.
Third was induced labour at 38+6, 1hr50min, baby was posterior, compound presentation, I pushed for 30min against a cervical lip, that was fixed and baby was born 17min later, 2nd deg tears.
Second was the easiest. Third was easy enough because it was quicker, but being posterior it hurt a bit more. First was the most painful and the longest.
30-04-2014 11:38 #7
First labour I was induced by having my membranes ruptured. Four hours of back to back unrelenting contractions and DD was born.<br>Second labour my waters broke spontaneously, nothing happened for 8 hours until I was hit with my first whopper of a contraction. 45 mins later DS was born.<br>So the second was far quicker. I'm now pregnant with my third so hoping it's not any faster than 45 mins!
30-04-2014 11:44 #8
Mine were both spontaneous. First was nine hours, second was four.
Me 39 DF 35
DD ICSI April 2011
DD natural November 2013
30-04-2014 12:18 #9Senior Member
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My first was similar to your with the typical cascade of intervention that so often come with inductions - I narrowly avoided a c-section.
With my second, I had to be induced again due the repeat PE but this time around I had read a lot more and had quite a detailed birth plan - I had mobile monitoring so that I could move around and have an active labour, I was only going to consent to the synto drip as an absolute LAST resort (I didn't need it in the end), I refused an epidural and I ended up with a really positive birth and no episiotomy, tears or grazes.
Good luck with your upcoming birth
30-04-2014 18:28 #10
Thanks everyone. So many factors to deal with I think I'll just have to wait it out!!
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