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    Default First birth versus second birth

    My labours were
    #1 - 12 hours (induced). Including over an hour of pushing because he came arm first.
    #2 - 5 hours (induced).
    #3 - 3.5 hours active labour (spontaneous).
    #4 - 4.5 hours (induced).

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    Very different. 2nd time was easier & much faster.

    DD1: 25hrs all up. 1am woke with tightenings. Was only 2cms by lunchtime, had a s&s and was sent home. Went into active labour at dinnertime & had some bleeding. Into hospital & they wanted to have continuous monitoring. ARM done so they could & I was then stuck on the bed. Had lots of gas. Pushed for ages (had to have been over an hour) but DD1 was stuck. Ended up with an episiotomy & forceps delivery at 1.47am. PPH of about 1/2 a litre of blood. Felt like I'd been through the wringer...

    DD2: 7hrs all up. Woke at 3.30am with tightenings. They continously got stronger & closer & more painful. Got to hospital at 9am & was already 8cms. Midwife checked DD2s heartbeat every so often, waters popped after transition when I was just starting to push. 17mins of pushing & DD2 arrived at 10.30ish. Had a 2nd degree tear but felt really great.

    I think that staying upright & mobile helped immeasurably. Gravity helps

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    Mine were similar but different.

    DD1 - SPROM but active labour didn't start until about 16 hours later. It lasted 4.5 hours, including just over an hour of pushing.

    DD2 - active labour went for 4 hours including half an hour of pushing after ARM, but probably would have been much quicker if my waters had broken on their own.

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    First birth was 18 hours active labour. Babe was is a very awkward posterior asynclitic position. It caused terrible cervix pain and a strong urge to push way before i was fully dialated. Once he turned and I was fully I pushed him out in 11 minutes (at home on land). It was hard work but afterwards I felt so empowered. Like I could do anything!

    Second was 4 hours. Everything progressed as the textbook says it should. Much more typical contraction pains in my tummy. Pushed her out at home in the birth pool in 9 minutes.

    During my second pregnancy I felt like my babe was in an awkward position like my first was. I did not want another 18 hr labour so I did twice weekly chiro. It seemed to help a lot and the labour was certainly easier but I suppose you never really know it that's because of what you do to prep or if it's just luck and a body that knows what it's doing second time around. X

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    Mine could not have been more different if I tried.
    With dd I turned up to the birth centre for a 'check' to see what the cramping was about (not uncomfortable but I was just shy of edd). I was 7cm and she was born with no pain relief at all 2ish hrs later in the bath.

    Ds on the other hand decided to be a cheeky footling breech. He was a big bub so was a planned cs. Absolute chalk & cheese😊

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    2 very different labours for me. First was spontaneous and very long, first contraction to baby out was well over 30hrs, half of that was really intense back-to-back contractions that completely exhausted me. Midwives and OB couldn't believe how slowly I was progressing with such strong contractions. Had an epidural after enduring these awful contractions for 12hrs and then I finally started dilating. Bub started struggling and when my water finally broke it had meconium in it. Ended up with a forceps delivery as the OB was worried about baby. Followed it up about 12hrs later with a gall bladder attack which was almost as bad as labour. All in all was a grueling experience!

    Second was induced, took a while for the induction to work (almost 12hrs of 'fake' contractions from the drip that did nothing to dilate the cervix, thankfully I had an early epi so just hung out and watched TV all day!) but once real labour kicked off bub was out in about 2.5hrs. It was a really calm, relatively easy delivery and I felt amazing afterwards.

    Good luck with the birth, hopefully it goes really well!

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    My second labour was definitely easier.

    First time I was woken at 3am by a contraction. Bub was born at 5pm. He was posterior, I had an epidural and vacuum extraction.

    Second labour I had a fair bit of pre labour so it was hard to say when I actually felt my first contraction. From the time I admitted to myself I was actually in labour to baby being born was just over an hour. No time for drugs as we barely made it to the hospital.

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    Default First birth versus second birth

    First I was induced (41+1weeks). After catheter was removed and waters broken (plus cyntocin) my labour was 4.5hrs - DS was posterior but turned during labor. After he was born the placenta didn't come out so I needed to go to surgery to have it manually removed. Only issue was a billion other more critical cases kept occurring and it took 6hrs to get into surgery. I felt it took ages to recover from the experience in terms of exhaustion etc.

    Second labour - spontaneously went into labour at 40+6w. From the first 'I wonder if this is a contraction?' to delivery was 3.2hrs. I'm glad we left home when we did. I was extremely shaky after this delivery as I think I was in a bit of shock as to how fast everything happened. Recovery was great and I was up and about really fast.

    ETA: DD was posterior as well and turned during labor.

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    My first birth was 0-10cm in under 2 hours (gave the midwives a hell of a shock, luckily i was already at the hospital when I went into labour).

    Me second was 8 days of early labour, on and off, 0-5cm, then nothing for a day, then 5-10 in 2 hours (with a difficult presentation).

    Every birth is different but on average each subsequent birth is faster and easier.

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    Completely different labours but both were 10 hours in total.


 

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