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    Hi Ladies i was wondering everyone experience. This is my first pregnancy. Labour obviously worries me, i am staying really fit and lean but worried that everyone i know had a really long labour for their first. Did any one have a quick labour/ birth for your first? And did staying fit help?

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    I don't have an answer but I'm in the exact same boat as you! Due Jan 12...

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    Congratulations on your pregnancy and keeping fit and healthy during it
    Everyone is completely different, what happens for one, doesn't happen for the other. My first was a 3 day induction after being 2 weeks overdue. My bestie was pregnant around the same time and went into labour a week early and only a few hours of active labour.
    Just wanted to edit to add - I really do think staying fit during pregnancy helps, not only pregnancy and birth but the recovery afterwards is easier on the body.

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    Completely unfit, first time bub, 6hr labour ☺

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    I was fit in both pregnancies (am fit in general, it's something that matters to me and my mental health suffers if I don't exercise). I was glad for my fitness in my first labour as I had a long second stage (pushing - 2 hours). I was induced so had had 6 hours of intense contractions up until that point. The long second stage was intensely frustrating but I never felt like my stamina was waning. My ob asked a number of times how my energy levels were and I was like, 'they're fine! Just tell me how to push this baby out!!!' Lol. When the midwife came back on duty a few days later she commented that 90% of women with a similar labour would've ended up with forceps/vacuum delivery due to exhaustion. So yes, for me fitness impacted on how DS's birth played out.

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    Congrats on your baby. First labour for me was 4 hours all natural. I was semi fit , tall & lean. I played B-Ball until I was 4 months then quit but at work Im quite active and on my feet all day. I put on 13 kgs and lost it all within a week of delivery.

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    First labour 4.5 hours from artificial rupture of membranes til birth. I was 5 days overdue. I gained a load of weight and wouldn't say I kept for during pregnancy

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    I agree staying active "should" help with labour & recovery. I was relatively fit both times - went to the gym until about 26 weeks, then walking/yoga. First labour was 8 hrs start to finish, 5 hours active labour. Second was 7 hrs start to finish, 3 hrs active labour. It's definitely possible to have a quick first labour!
    Some things can't be helped though: with my first I had an episiotomy & stitches, with my second just a graze & no stitches. Recovery from my second has been much easier/quicker & I don't think my level of fitness had any bearing on that.
    Anything can happen, so keep an open mind, but keeping up your fitness certainly won't be a bad thing!

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    Thanks ladies, I appreciate the stories to know not every one has a long first labour.
    If you dont mind me asking, I was 55kg when i feel pregnant, i am currently 23 +2 weeks and nearly 63kg i was hoping to keep my total weight gain to under 10-12 kg, however my sister is a deitition and doesn't think I've gained to much as i haven't really gained it any were but my belly and boobs!😁 is this normal and should I be worried? My weight gain was weird gained 4kg in first trimester but nothing till 20 weeks now gaining more again... or should i not worry till i weigh my self after babies born?
    Last question what did you do to stay fit while pregnant?

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    1st labour 3 days in hospital being induced but once contractions started and waters broke, 6hr natural birth. Goodluck im sure you'll do fine ☺


 

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