Labour the second time round....is it really half the time?

(144 Posts)
HarleyK Wed 03-Oct-12 08:18:10

Just wondering from mums with two or more babies, do labour times really get cut by half each time, or is that just a myth? Having had a relatively short 9 hours with my first makes me slightly scared of not making it to the hospital in time with this one.....oh dear.

I'd say that they are generally quicker, yes. Mine wasn't half though, more like 12 times as fast, my first labour was 25 hours and second was 2.5 confused I have a friend whose first labour was 1.5 hours, I think that if she has another one, she'll set up camp outside the hospital from 37 weeks grin

Sorry, 10 times as fast, not 12 times, maths isn't my strong point blush

1st labour 16 hours, second labour 4 hours. I had a planned homebirth, only decided at 37 wks, as I was getting stressed about journey to hospital and whether MIL would get over in time to care for ds1. All worked out brilliantly smile

TitWillow Wed 03-Oct-12 08:38:28

First labour 72 hours. Second labour 2 hours. Does that make it 35 times as fast? grin

Don't worry, everyone is different, but second time round does tend to be faster - your body knows what it needs to do, and everything is , erm, pre-stretched.

Elsqueak Wed 03-Oct-12 17:45:11

Hmmm, half the time sounds good to me! Am 4 wks away from no. 2 as well. I really struggled to keep going last time so if it is really true will be pleased although I do appreciate too fast would be a tad scary too!

First labour 7 hours, second labour 49 minutes 1st noticeable contraction to baby in arms.

juneau Wed 03-Oct-12 17:48:57

First labour 16 hours, second 2 hours 20 mins. Glad I wasn't as fast as blueberry - DS1 would've had to deliver his brother!

weegiemum Wed 03-Oct-12 17:49:08

Labour 1 - 37 hours from waking up,with a contraction

Labour 2 - 10 hours from waters going, first sign

Labour 3 - 12 hours from pessary to induce.

2madboys Wed 03-Oct-12 17:51:28

First labour - 30 hours
Second labour - 11 hours

thezoobmeister Wed 03-Oct-12 17:52:16

Mine was half the time! 10 hours DD1, 4.5 hours DD2. But with DD2 I also had an extra 10 hours of pre-labour, not painful just niggly and annoying.

TeWiDoesTheHulaInHawaii Wed 03-Oct-12 17:52:32

No.

First labour 8hrs, 2nd was more than a day or prelabour and 14hrs of proper labour! No reason anyone could work out.

Prep for a short labour, but don't count on it.

bushymcbush Wed 03-Oct-12 17:53:41

First labour - 7 hours

Second labour - 23 minutes

trudat Wed 03-Oct-12 17:55:27

First - 29 hrs from first twinge to ds by emcs.

Second - 29.5 hrs from first twinge to dd by emcs.

I feel robbed grin

FrankWippery Wed 03-Oct-12 17:58:18

Nope. Not here anyway. First one 36, second one 27. An improvement I suppose.

wishiwasonholiday Wed 03-Oct-12 18:00:10

I was induced both times but 1st labour was 3 hours, 2nd was 20 mins!

bushymcbush Wed 03-Oct-12 18:04:45

Aww wishi you beat me!

tara0202 Wed 03-Oct-12 18:04:49

First labour 52 hours, second labour 1 hour 54 minutes!

schobe Wed 03-Oct-12 18:06:30

18 hours, then 1.5 hours.

Have you considered a home birth? grin

lindsell Wed 03-Oct-12 18:07:31

1st 2.5hrs 2nd 45mins

WingDefence Wed 03-Oct-12 18:21:49

Great question OP!

My first birth was 12 hours from first twinge and that included about 5.5 hours sleep. This time round we live further away from a hospital (35-40mins plus parking) and I'm trying to persuade DH that a home birth won't actually be that messy grin

Wigeon Wed 03-Oct-12 18:27:50

First: 10 hours 15 mins. Pretty painful for probably 9 hours of that.

Second: 5 hours 40 mins! Did feel much quicker, only got really painful after at least 3 hours in, and she was born less than an hour after arriving at hospital.

HarleyK Wed 03-Oct-12 18:30:43

I have pretty much ruled out a home birth, purely on the basis that I constantly worry about everything. I could pluck a safety issue out of any situation grin drives my other half insane. I would be terrified of something going wrong and not getting to hospital in time. If anything happened to my baby that could have been prevented by being the hospital, I could never forgive myself. I know that I would never be in the right mindset to be able to relax at home.

Kveta Wed 03-Oct-12 18:32:45

1st labour - 72 hours from 1st contraction to baby being yanked out (forceps) (was induced (on drip) after 60 hours)

2nd labour - 14 hours from 1st contraction to baby being yanked out (forceps) (induction set off labour this time, with gel - drip induction was nearer the end of the 14 hours!).

sleeplessinderbyshire Wed 03-Oct-12 18:33:58

1st labour 6 1/2 hrs from first contraction to delivery (forceps after 2hr pushing), 2nd labour 5 1/2 hrs from first contraction to delivery (but got stuck at 9cm for 2hr that time so had i listened to the midwife and moved position instead of shouting, sobbing and lying stock still i think it would have been more like 3-4hrs as went from 5-9cm in an hour)

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