Second time mums - Quicker labour?

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  1. flexilexi394

    flexilexi394 Well-Known Member

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    Hi ladies,

    Just more of my curiosity more than anything, but my midwife has drilled it in that my second will be much faster labour than my first, is this actually true?

    I know you often hear about second babies flying out but I just wondered if anyone has any opinions, stories etc for me to read that would be great!

    I am nervous a little about labour but my first labour was only 6 hours long so I am slightly concerned I will be giving birth in the footwell of my car!

    Lol thanks in advance x
     
  2. Holi

    Holi Well-Known Member

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    For me....yes! Second baby flew out! Established labour with dd1 was 15hrs? Established labour with dd2.....42 minutes!! Haha
     
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    Bit difficult for me to answer as I ended up having an emcs with my first. However I would say yes as labour started with my son at around 9.30am and then he was born by emcs at 9.30pm same day (I only got to 7cm dilated). With my daughter labour started at 4.30am and she was born by 4.30pm same day naturally.
     
  4. russellmuscle

    russellmuscle Well-Known Member

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    This terrifies me too. I was only in established labour 11mins but full labour 7hr.

    I'm scared I'll give birth in a car. Considering phoning an ambulance :lol: like they used to do!

    xxxxx
     
  5. Phoenix85

    Phoenix85 Well-Known Member

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    LOL yes me too, not quite that quick, but established labour with #1 was around 4 and a half hours, established labour with #2 was under 3hrs.
     
  6. flexilexi394

    flexilexi394 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you guys - I think I will ask my midwife the best time to ring the hospital when I go into labour then ... Last time I started my contractions at 11am, went in at 12pm then had her at 5 pm and I was 4cms when I got there at 12 pm so I guess I was in established labour for 5 hours? God knows lol. I'm a bit worried he will just fly out!! Xx
     
  7. russellmuscle

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    Sorry I meant 11 mind after getting to 10. In that case it was 2hr from being classed 4-5cm.

    Still frightening though.. I was induced too so I'm scared I'll go at home and not know then leave it too late to go or spend the car ride in agony bumping about lol.

    xxxxx
     
  8. flexilexi394

    flexilexi394 Well-Known Member

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    Its the bloody unknown - I dont think it matters how many babies you have it still feels a little unknown haha! My midwife was like "you can halve it from your last baby" which terrifies me lol xx
     
  9. russellmuscle

    russellmuscle Well-Known Member

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    Well I already had this like unrealistic view before. Someone told me you dilate 1cm an hour at a time. I told D to get a sleep as was only 1cm, thinking Id be there hours and went for a sleep then woke up in labour lmao! so the 1cm an hr isnt exact either!! :shock:

    It definitely is the unknown, people have says to me at least you know what to expect - thing with child birth is you never know. Could be long, short, complicated or uncomplicated or just not when/how you expected :lol:

    xxxx
     
  10. flexilexi394

    flexilexi394 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah loads of people have said the same to me about knowing what to expect, not at all lol it was 5 and a half years ago that I pushed a baby out I don't have a very good memory! xx
     
  11. russellmuscle

    russellmuscle Well-Known Member

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    People should know this. When I asked my mum why she had us 3 when she was going on about how bad her labour with me was (53hr) she says she forgot. We are all 4 year apart so must've took her that to get over it haha.

    The only thing we can expect is a baby and rule out that it's coming by stork, anything else in between is a on the day surprise :rofl:

    xxxxx
     
  12. BunnyN

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    1st total labour time about 38hrs. Established labour 27hrs.

    2nd total labour time about 24hrs. Established labour about 10hrs.

    So yes it was a lot shorter for me but I had a long first labour so there was no flying out, lol.
     
  13. flexilexi394

    flexilexi394 Well-Known Member

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    Wow Bunny that is a looong time but yeah second time was definitely shorter!! Blimey xx
     
  14. BunnyN

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    I'm hoping this one is a bit shorter but I think I rather a long labour than a super quick one. At least a long labour gives plenty of time to work up to it. I think a short intense labour must be a bit of a shock to the system.
     
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    My 1st labour was 3hrs 43mins established to emcs at 7cm. 2nd was maybe 1hr40mins established, total guess as only at hospital 30mins before he was born. 3rd was less than 40mins from 1cm to baby being born and just 18 contractions, luckily I was induced and already at the hospital as it is a 40min drive from my house. I went into shock after Alfie was born and it was awful xx
     
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    flexilexi394 Well-Known Member

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    Oh my gosh Kanga - that's crazy. That is what I'm slightly anxious about BunnyN as well, the fast intensity of it must be so painful :( xx
     

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