Anyone here have experience of a fast labour?

(209 Posts)
doubleshotlatte Wed 12-Jan-11 16:54:52

Did you have 3-4 hours, or less, of active labour?

I didn't realise my last labour was considered "fast" until Midwife at first booking appointment told me. So it took 4 hours or slightly less from being 2cm then feeling the urge to push, pushing actively and DD being born. This after 2 days painful contractions and no sleep. I did feel traumatised by the birth, upset at not having had any pain relief (entonox didn't work). Only when I understand that it was a "relatively fast labour" does it all make sense. Now due in a few weeks confused knowing its going to be even shorter shock am trying to plan and prepare better this time...

So, if you knew you'll have a fast labour in advance, what would you do differently? Or did do, in subsequent births?

Zara1984 Thu 31-Jan-13 18:57:36

Ahh! This scares me. Just posted about this on another thread. What if your labour was started by prostin gel? Can you expect the same or faster a second time, or is it different if you're induced?? I didn't have the drip.

My waters went a couple of hours after send prostin gel. It was like the movies, horrific pain as soon as they went, screaming for an epidural (which I got immediately, thank god). I dilated from 1vm (waters breaking) to 10cm in 90mins. DS born just over 90 mins after that. I'm fucking terrified of a non-induced second birth being faster. I have zero interest in a home birth and mostly scared of not getting an epidural in time confused

The hospital technically counted my labour from when I was admitted for induction 12 hours earlier, but aside from some prostin pains I was just reading trashy mags in the induction annex before my waters went.

JumpingJetFlash Thu 31-Jan-13 14:57:18

Woke up about 6:45, DD was born by 8:25 with a Daddy midwife as I was only 35 weeks pregnant so no one (read midwives etc) really believed I could be in labour until it was too late to get to hosp. Was my 1st baby, haven't had a second to say whether its be quicker - partly as a result of 1st labour :-/

BiddyPop Thu 31-Jan-13 14:46:29

Sorry, hit post too soon.

I had the use of shower which was GREAT. I used tens on way in and up to getting in shower - I found it didn't work as well after 1st shower. Concentrated on relaxing mind and body in shower and hot water on small of back really really helped.

Had gas and air in delivery room, but that was it in terms of formal pain relief options.

BUT: I had done prenatal yoga from 13 to 39 weeks, and that really helped me focus. It was dark outside and we kept shower room dim too which helped. I had lavendar oil dabbed on the back of my hand to help too. (And mint oil for when I felt sick). DH kept quiet, and exams were kept to a minimum. I was left alone to get on with it myself, and I think that both helped me to progress and to deal with the pain.

BiddyPop Thu 31-Jan-13 14:40:34

1st twinge about 9pm. Got to hosp at about 1am (couldn't leave my grandparent's Christmas dinner and present unwrapping til after 11.30, went home to change and pretty much straight to hosp) - MW on assessment found I was 1cm. Got changed and sent to ward, examined again (same), walked a bit, hot shower for an hour(ish), came out to walk and chat to MWs but went back into shower again another hour(ish) and asked for another exam at about 5 (roughly) - had gone to almost fully dilated and whisked in wheelchair to delivery. Didn't manage a full 20 mins monitoring before they decided it was pushing time, and DD arrived just after 6.

lisa07769 Thu 31-Jan-13 14:34:15

I am terrified my first labour from first twinge to delivery was 5 hours. My second from first twinge to delivery was 35 minutes. How does that happen? I never had any of the normal contraction patterns just my waters break and that's it. I am now pregnant with third and am terrified. I have never had time for pain relief options apart from a bit of gas and air with my first,nothing with second. I remember just feeling shocked with both at how fast they arrived especially my daughter. I will need to keep my legs crossed come September lol.

jcp123 Mon 28-Feb-11 11:00:47

My first labour was a long and painful affair. Contractions started at 4:20am, were very intense and came regularlly every 5 minutes but progress was slow. Ended up with 2 shots diamorphine then epidural and DS1 was born via forcepts.

My second labour started at 4am with intense contractions every 5 minutes. Here we go again I thought, but instead made very rapid progress and made it to the hospital just 15 minutes before DS2 arrived. Had no drugs.

DS1: 19 Hrs 15 Mins
DS2: 3 Hrs 45 Mins (spend rest of morning saying "I can't believer its over")

Also must say that my recovery with DS1 was slow, he was very sleepy and did not feed well to begin with. Ended up in hospital for 2 nights. With DS2 I only needed a few stitches and was back to 'normal' very quickly. I left hospital the same day.

mummyjah Sun 27-Feb-11 20:00:07

Sparklies,

Read your post about fast labour with interest. I have also had fast labours - three. My last one (went from couldn't feel contractions to feeling need to push quite quickly - second stage lasted one minute) resulted in a PPH. I have since spoken to a highly rated consultant who said that this was because the midwife insisted on following my birthplan for my request for a physiological third stage. My uterus was atonic and according to the consultant, women with precipitous labours should ALWAYS get an injection to contract the uterus because the uterus will rarely contract on its own. What is the reasoning behind your MW's suggestion that women with precipitous labours shouldn't have the injection?

mummyjah Sun 27-Feb-11 19:59:59

Sparklies,

Read your post about fast labour with interest. I have also had fast labours - three. My last one (went from couldn't feel contractions to feeling need to push quite quickly - second stage lasted one minute) resulted in a PPH. I have since spoken to a highly rated consultant who said that this was because the midwife insisted on following my birthplan for my request for a physiological third stage. My uterus was atonic and according to the consultant, women with precipitous labours should ALWAYS get an injection to contract the uterus because the uterus will rarely contract on its own. What is the reasoning behind your MW's suggestion that women with precipitous labours shouldn't have the injection?

blueberryjam Sun 27-Feb-11 15:29:14

I have had 4 quick labours so from first twinge to holding baby was
ds1 2 hr 50 mins
ds2 2 hr 20 mins
ds3 1 hr 20 mins
ds4 35 minutes

I am now pg with dd1 and am asking for a planned induction as I live 30 mins away from hospital and have young children at home and dp unlikely to get here in time. The thought of this labour scares me I just hope they agree to induction.

Trinaluce Sun 27-Feb-11 14:23:38

70 hours. If yours was less: I HATE YOU angry

wink

Choufleur Sat 19-Feb-11 19:27:13

DS1. Water broke (hind waters) at 4pm. Arrived at hospital at 5.30pm, 7cm dilated. DS born at 7.45pm.

I hadn't had any real pain/strong contractions before my waters going.

pheeebs Sat 19-Feb-11 19:23:32

wow!! it helps to know the 2nd time should be quicker -72 hours how did u do it?!

June2008 Sat 19-Feb-11 15:34:18

Officially 1 hr 19mins from start to finish for me. I was in hospital for 11 mins before dd2 arrived.

This is in contrast to dd1 who took over 72 hours.

I knew that the second time around it would be faster, but not quite that quick!

My only advice would be to have everything ready, and I mean everything. Bags by the door etc, and someone who can come at very short notice.

My waters went at 2.30am, at which point dh phoned my parents to come to look after dd1, that half hour wait seemed to go on forever! I was sat in the car waiting for them, got into the hospital at 3.30 (very agonising walk from the car park!) and dd2 born at 3.41am. Very traumatic trip on the mnotorway, with me saying, 'I need to poo or push and I don't know which it is,' and lovely dh turning up the music louder as he didn't know what else to do!! All totally over by 3.49 an home for tea!!

gabid Sat 19-Feb-11 14:08:28

Was in hospital overnight ready for induction in the morning. Woke up at 7am with contractions, moved to delivery suite and waters were borken at 10.45 at 3 cm dilated. Birth at 11.30 after 2 pushes and no stiches.

So 45 minutes very painful labour, during which I demanded an epidural, but it was too late - I was so glad I was already in hospital!!!

pheeebs Sat 19-Feb-11 11:59:38

my labour was 7 hours im told thats not 2 bad it def seemed it!!! i had pethedine and gas wen i hear of people doing it with nothing or just gas i rate them so much!!! i screamed the place down! i think a lot of it was fear with me tho -the midwife just kept saying "i know this is scary" which didnt help!!! this time (im 27 weeks at the min)i hope i will be more prepared!lol

mamadiva Sat 12-Feb-11 17:02:37

I personally don't because I had to get an EMCS after 14 bloody hours but my mum has always had relatively fast labours and says although it is more painful she prefers it that way.

Her 1st (me) was just over 6 hours
Her 2nd (DB) was I think 4.5 hours
Her 3rd (my twin sisters) was 2 hours 20 minutes

I know she had gas and air for me but did'nt like it so has never had drugs any other time and she has only had 3 stitches, 2 with me and one with twins!

Like you she warned me that because it happens so fast you don't get a chance to 'get into it' as such and it seeems like a sort of out of body experience in the fact that you can't control anything.

reallytired Sat 12-Feb-11 16:49:25

Dd birth was 3 hours from first inclination that something might be happening to holding the baby.

I had a home birth and I think it was the best thing for us.

mamapea Sat 12-Feb-11 16:37:18

I can definitely relate as had 4.5 hours active labour with my ds1 resulting in planned homebirth with midwife in attendance for last 2 hours...

Ds2 however was 40 mins and BBA so it was lucky that DH and I were pretty cool headed as flew solo with no medical attention as all happened so quickly.

Advice....not sure really....we.had planned hb and when I called the midwife out they were trying to talk me out of it...my baby was born 35 mins later!

ilovecakes Sat 12-Feb-11 11:00:56

took me 6 hours to get from waters breaking to 5cm, then went from 5cm to baby being born in 30mins! that last half hour was horrendous, was hallucinating and all sorts

TheButterflyCollector Sat 12-Feb-11 10:26:22

One hour and 20 minutes. shock

Woke up with labour pains and was in hospital within an hour. Was checked over immediately and labour at 3cm dilated was established. From there to delivery of DD was 1 hour 20 minutes. Ventouse delivery, no time for an epidural and only gas and air. Midwife didn't believe me when I told her that the baby was coming. DD1's birth was the longest hour and 20 minutes of my life, traumatic and agonised. Never again.

DD2 was born, at my insistance, by elective caesarean. That was a calm, happy experience with virtually no pain as it was managed perfectly. I'd recommend an ECS any time.

coffeeaddict Sat 12-Feb-11 09:33:40

I had a really quick labour for dc2 (midwives didn't believe me etc etc...). I was so traumatised by the speed and violence of it, and dreaded idea of giving birth in a car/on road/in front of children, that for dc3 and dc4 I had planned inductions. Slowed it down to six hours or so. Was wonderful, mellow, controlled (also got epidural ). I felt like my body had time to adjust to what it was about to do.

I actually HATED giving birth so fast, even though people said 'lucky you'.

AutumnWitch Sat 12-Feb-11 08:07:52

3 hours for DS1, less than an hour for DS2.
DS1 was 5 weeks early and was in hospital being monitored as the waters had broken a few hours earlier. DS2, again the waters had gone and they'd said come in for a check and book in for an induction in case nothing happens. Was chatting to the midwife and contractions came on quick and strong. I asked if she could check as I though something was happening - turned out be the head!

Anyway - assume you won't make it to hospital, then you'll be prepared. Have everything you might need ready and make sure that anyone who is likely to be with you knows how to deal with a sudden home birth as you won't be able to tell them grin
Have it written down and pinned up somewhere obvious to be sure.

Best of luck

PavlovtheCat Sat 12-Feb-11 07:51:57

shock next time not sure where that came from!

PavlovtheCat Sat 12-Feb-11 07:51:17

I was 4 cm dilated for two days prior to going into active labour. Had a sweep as 8 days overdue, and they were surprised I was not having any contractions.

Then 4 hours and 9 mins from first contraction to holding him in my arm.

I shall be having a home birth if possible next time.

bruffin Sat 12-Feb-11 06:28:46

Ist labour was 24 hours which was following two days of inducing.

2nd - waters broke at 6 ,got to the hospital about 8 and DD was born at 10.40. Did the last bit in 15 minutes.
It was a lovely birth and no tearing at all.

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