Labour 2nd time round

Discussion in 'Labour & Birth' started by Quaylaa, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. Quaylaa

    Quaylaa Active Member

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    hi, I’m just wondering if your labour is quicker the second time you have a baby? I’ve been told that it is quicker with each pregnancy but with my first I was only in labour for 45 minutes so I’m quite scared thinking I won’t be able to get to the hospital in time this time if it’s gonna be quicker... can you all tell me your stories please :)
     
  2. WinterWolf

    WinterWolf Well-Known Member

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    If it’s been less than 5 years since you gave birth then your next labour is nearly always faster (assuming no complications) because your body knows/remembers how to give birth. Don’t go far from the hospital around your due date lol x

    If it’s been more than 5 years since you last gave birth it’s usually not any faster as your muscles have to re-learn what to do. I only have one baby so can’t speak from experience but that’s what I’ve heard on the subject!
     
  3. Quaylaa

    Quaylaa Active Member

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    My little one is coming up for 2 so it’s under 5 years. I guess I’m gonna have to get a hotel near the hospital near my due date haha
     
  4. WinterWolf

    WinterWolf Well-Known Member

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    Haha hopefully it’s not faster than 45mins, that’s nuts!! I couldn’t do that, no time for pain relief!
     
  5. Quaylaa

    Quaylaa Active Member

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    I’m scared of needles so wouldn’t have any pain relief even when I was offered it x
     
  6. Loula

    Loula Well-Known Member

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    My first labour was 12.5 hours from waters going to birth
    My second labour was 6 hrs from 1st contraction to baby being born. Waters had to be broken
     
  7. Staceylou27

    Staceylou27 Well-Known Member

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    I’ve been wondering this too, everyone says second babies are quicker but surely that’s not always the case.
    I’ve not heard that before winter wolf, I’ll be within the 5 years by a few months.
    My first labour was 3 hour 10 mins from first pain to her being born, my waters went and she was born 30minutes later.

    Quaylaa I was worried about it being quicker and actually making it to the hospital! But it sounds like you need to be straight to hospital at any sign of a pain
     
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    My first was 22 hours, my second 12.....so much quicker although still not quick! For me, second time round was a lot more painful!
     
  9. Layney

    Layney Well-Known Member

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    My first was failed induction at 42 weeks and c section. Second baby was 38 weeks and over in an hour, and third was the same
     

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