Labour the second time 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


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)

Chocaholics Wed 03-Oct-12 18:40:30

Hmm my first labour was 5 hours and my second baby is due next year so maybe I should go to hospital at the first twinge? Don't want to be there if I don't need to but on the other hand can't imagine DH delivering a baby!! Didn't realise there could be such a huge difference from first to second!

Desiren Wed 03-Oct-12 18:40:33

1st labour 7hours 35 minutes
2nd labour 6hours
3rd labour (twins) 1hour 15 minutes

ImpYCelyn Wed 03-Oct-12 18:47:50

First labour 4.5 hours. 2nd 6 hours 45mins. That's proper labour. If you included the first "practise" contractions then it was 14 hours for DS1, and about 2 weeks for DS2 grin

So not always. The MWs were convinced DS2 would be out in an hour though, it surprised everyone.

LIttleMcF Wed 03-Oct-12 18:55:19

First time, 28 hours. Second time, 3 hours. Midwife didn't even get to me in time, and DH delivered our DS. Was all wonderful, perfect home birth. Very lucky.

NimChimpsky Wed 03-Oct-12 19:01:22

First was 31hrs. Second was, er, 38hrs.

In my defence, I'm shit at giving birth.

Plunkett Wed 03-Oct-12 19:04:25

Aghhhh worried now! 1st labour 1.5hrs from 1st twinge to baby in arms- thinking I might just go park myself at maternity ward now confused.

cuggles Wed 03-Oct-12 19:30:18

First labour - 3 3/4 hr - second labour - 56 mins!! Good job was already in hospital (but aided by induction pessary due to waters breaking early). Also contracted regularly and fairly painfully for 2 days first but no dilation even though second baby so whilst recorded as 56 mins I feel it was about 2 days and feel abit cheated! Much quicker pushing bit though...hardly anything at all...still hurt like first time though I am afraid to say but no stitches etc this time.....much better!

thing1andthing2 Wed 03-Oct-12 19:41:59

First labour 8 hours
Second labour 8 hours too! I was so grumpy about it not being any quicker.
Ds was 1.5 lb heavier though which explains why it felt like more effort second time round.

Dinosaurdrip Wed 03-Oct-12 19:41:59

4.5 hrs with DS1, 1.5 hrs DS2. Slightly worried now, DD1 due in December but think I will be induced due to gestational diabetes so at least I will already be in the hospital if she comes quick.

envy at all the quick births on here.

Mine was the same as my first. Non progressive long labours with loads of intervention, both about the same length of time.

Labour 1: 9 hours 59 minutes (officially, but I call that 10!)
Labour 2: (induced; waters broken to get things started) 4 hours 30 minutes

pmgkt Wed 03-Oct-12 20:17:32

does this also work when you had a section first time? i had a section after 2 and a half days of induction and ds1 got stuck half way down the birth canal. ds2 due in december so just thought i would ask.

Incapinka Wed 03-Oct-12 20:28:30

Oh Crikey. 1st was 2hrs 10 and would have been quicker if he hadn't been back to back. Number 2 not yet conceived but think I will be camping at the hospital as its 30 mins away! grin

messtins Wed 03-Oct-12 20:49:58

7 hours, 2 hours.

Wolfiefan Wed 03-Oct-12 20:55:30

1st 10 1/2 hours
2nd 59 mins! Thankfully was already in hospital.
Do you have a MW who lives round the corner? Hoping for a speedy and safe delivery.

CPtart Wed 03-Oct-12 20:58:31

1st - 24 hours
2nd - 7 hours, but very quick at the end, cue DH mad 90mph dash across town to get back!

1st - 10hrs
2nd - 5 hrs
3rd - 3 hrs
4th - 5hrs
5th - 5hrs

All timed from first contraction. Number 3 caught me out, Daddy played MW in our bathroom and delivered her grin

Jamdoughnutfiend Wed 03-Oct-12 21:03:15

1st 7 hrs from start of active labour
2nd 11 hrs from start of active labour then a delightful crash section - I felt cheated too!

First labour 9 hours
2nd labour 42 mins ( from time called midwife to time she put for birth)- never made it to the hospital. Slightly scary... but DS was born in the same bed that my older brother had been born in 31 years earlier so my DM and DD loved it!!

MothershipG Wed 03-Oct-12 21:25:34


Just made it to hospital in time for DS, nearly had him in the lift! So planned home birth for DD, which was great, but she took longer, no idea why? Does size make a difference? She was a little porker. smile

PoisonMountain Wed 03-Oct-12 21:31:07

First was 4.5 hours from first contraction. Second was 50 mins from first contraction. Nearly arrived in the car!

BeehavingBaby Wed 03-Oct-12 21:33:47

1st labour 12 hours from first twinge to baby, maybe 6 in established labour? Second, 7 hours from first twinge to baby, 3rd 50mins!

DreamySleepyNightySnoozySnooze Wed 03-Oct-12 21:53:31

First was 11 hours from waters breaking. Had no signs anything was about to happen before then.

Second was 4 and a half hours from having a stretch and sweep. It had an almost instant effect!

prettydaisies Wed 03-Oct-12 22:07:15

My first was about 5 hours, second less than an hour. Was quite scared about the 3rd, but although actual labour was very quick, I knew about 8 hours before as my waters had broke. Had 2nd and 3rd at home so no worries about getting to the hospital!

OP I'm also a worrier/stresshead! DH couldn't believe it at 37 wks when I said I wanted a homebirth.
Can't recommend the natal hypnotherapy cd highly enough. My homebirth experience for ds2 (after full on drug addled epidural nightmare with ds1) was the best birth ever. Look into it if you're any way inclined. for me, I could have got to hospital quicker via blue lights on standby with my homebirth, than I could had we been trying for a hospital birth.

I'm really interested to know this as I was in labour with DS for 26 hours and I'm worried I won't get to the hospital in time, currently 20+5 with DD, however I cannot have a home birth as I'm high risk due to hydrocephalus so is it worth asking my midwife to be induced early to make sure I'm at the hospital? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks OP for asking this question x

Whatiswitnit Wed 03-Oct-12 22:11:42

My second labour was half the time of my first.
My first was induced and was six hours. My second was spontaneous - three hours from waters breaking to birth, but only two hours of contractions. Fast but intense.

Lua Wed 03-Oct-12 22:33:41

my second wa longer than first. But it was induced, so not a fair comparison.

By the way, when I saw the opening line on the front page, I tought this was about politics.... grin and tough I do hope so!

selclare Wed 03-Oct-12 23:00:18

1st - 24hours from 1st contraction (waters didn't break)

2nd - just over 1 hour from 1st contraction (but waters went a couple of days before that)

soontobemumofthree Wed 03-Oct-12 23:01:20

Induced first time around 36 hours from first effects of pessary (wouldn't call it pains)
Induced second time around 27 hours

Lua - lol!

dabdab Wed 03-Oct-12 23:06:04

1st: 6 hrs
2nd: 3 hrs
3rd: 3 hrs

EugenesAxe Wed 03-Oct-12 23:11:43

Not for me - both were almost identical in terms of length (c.16hrs for everything). Officially DC2 was loads shorter, but that's because I knew the pain to expect and I hung out at home for ages longer. DC1 I was in lots of pain (well, normal amounts - but you don't have a clue what's normal!!) and I went in just in case I was massively dilated. I wasn't and spent about 10 hours bored and in pain in hospital...

Stage 2 both about 20 mins.

tigercametotea Wed 03-Oct-12 23:46:21

Without access to a crystal ball, I'd say it's hard to tell. There is definitely no "rule" about this sort of thing. However the more experience you have under your belt of going through labour, the more you know what to expect, and that may have an effect on how confident you feel when you do go into labour again. The less you fear it, the easier the birth tends to be or seem. And sometimes that has a direct effect on the length of labour. Fwiw, my labours were all roughly the same length of time, about 9 hours. However I felt more at ease in my 2nd and 3rd labours and so those labours seem to be less painful than my 1st.

Overcooked Thu 04-Oct-12 09:18:56

I am about four months away from number two and feel I had a fairly easy time first time round.

I was just wondering, when do you count the start of labour - I was having very mild contractions that I was sleeping through for a long time before they ramp up - do you only count the 'ramped up' time or all of it?

Piemistress Thu 04-Oct-12 09:28:11

First 36hrs from first contraction, second was 7hrs!

Flisspaps Thu 04-Oct-12 09:30:13

1st one - 18 hours from first ctx to birth (induction)

2nd one - 28 hours from first ctx to birth (planned homebirth, transferred to hospital after 25 hours)

CerseiLannister Thu 04-Oct-12 09:50:06

I was induced both times and both took 8 hours

Goldrill Thu 04-Oct-12 10:56:09

First 36 hours from first contraction (as painful as last!). Second due next week.

Please, please, please let it be a matter of a couple of hours. I am considerably more worried than I was first time as I didn't really have any concept of how bad it could possibly be back then! Very nice to hear the majority seem to be faster, and some considerably so. Ooooowwww!!!

IHeartCake Thu 04-Oct-12 11:56:42

I think it completely depends on if your baby is anterior or posterior.
Anterior--you'll pop that thing out in a New York Minute
Posterior- you're in for a rough ride

issynoko Thu 04-Oct-12 12:13:43

26 hours, 12 hours, 3 hours, 15 mins. That's from obvious established contractions to birth. 15 mins was a bit of a shocker to be honest - and that one was after induction and waters broken - the first 3 were spontaneous labour. Didn't include 3rd stage because it's so dull and was too in love with each new person to care.

LapinDeBois Thu 04-Oct-12 13:05:10

First, 24 hours. Second, 24 hours. angry

maillotjaune Thu 04-Oct-12 13:16:57

Didn't happen to me, although they did get shorter but what made most difference was head size. 19 hour 1st labour was not as bad as significantly shorter 2nd and 3rds (they weren't very different in terms of time) with babies who came out with monster sized heads.

Belo Thu 04-Oct-12 13:26:21

First 23 hours, Second 45 minutes.

MummytoMog Thu 04-Oct-12 13:46:28

The first stage of both mine was about the same, fourteen hours or so from twinges to transition. Second stage was six hours for my first before they got her out with forceps. Second stage was six minutes for my second. He crowned before I even realised what was happening (hilarious, the midwife was out of the room and OH went spare).

ppeatfruit Thu 04-Oct-12 13:48:38

1st. 12 hours no pushing in very short 2nd stage.

2nd 4 DAYS with a 4 hour 2nd stageshock she was forehead presenting but turned and was born with no pushing again just before I was about to have a CS. there was another emergency so I was waiting, she was\is strong thank god.

3rd. 9 hours he DID need pushing out; he had wide shoulders.

littlemrssleepy Thu 04-Oct-12 13:49:45

First time round was 3.5 hours from first contraction, including a considerable amount of stuckage and eventual ventouse. Had a planned homebirth second time round as midwife felt it would be very quick - and it was at 61 minutes from first contraction.

katieelh Thu 04-Oct-12 13:55:30

My first labour was 14 hours from first contraction to the birth, 7 hours active labour. Second time round I had twins by CC and third time was 4 hours start to finish, 2 1/2 active labour. I think they defiantly get shorter.

Jdub Thu 04-Oct-12 14:13:42

1st - about 20 hours
2nd - about 7 hours (but he did arrive 6 weeks prem which I certainly wasn't prepared for - hence no bag packed or anything!)
Both gorgeous labours and I did enjoy every minute of both thankfully!

Thumbwitch Thu 04-Oct-12 15:10:50

Panicking a bit here - DS was 29h from first pessary (induction) to delivery, half hour stage 2.
Being induced next week with DC2 - but it's all a bit up in the air because the baby is unstable lie at the moment - desperate to get it head down before I go in on Monday!! Otherwise it'll be CS.

Longdistance Thu 04-Oct-12 15:11:58

My two shot out, 7 hours and 3 worked for me!

internationalvulva Thu 04-Oct-12 15:20:47

My second was as long as the first but dc 2 was stuck and had to come out the sunroof.

Viewofthehills Thu 04-Oct-12 16:11:04

First - 3 hrs
Second- no real labour, bit of back ache , transition to delivery -half an hour with my legs crossed, trying not to push, waiting for the midwife to arrive. (home birth)
Third- 6 hours??
Second was the best, but Ds looked as shocked as I felt.

pongysticks Thu 04-Oct-12 17:27:43

First 4 hours
Second - 40 minutes almost in the back of the car!

nightingale452 Thu 04-Oct-12 17:39:06

1st labour - 4 hours

2nd labour - 30 mins

Both from waters breaking (not a twinge before that) to baby in arms.

And no, we didn't get to hospital the 2nd time around, which is why we only have 2, dh refuses to trust his catching skills again grin.

Netguru Thu 04-Oct-12 17:45:43

1st 12 hours with intervention
2nd 4 days!

3 cs (I'm not stupid!)

HeftyMutha Thu 04-Oct-12 17:54:47

First labour 18 hours

Second labour 5 hours

Megan74 Thu 04-Oct-12 19:10:39

For me yes. DD 10 hours but with an epidural which I am sure slowed things down . DS 2 hours, delivered 20 mins after getting into the delivery room. However, my sister has had three and her 3rd was the longest and most difficult. Go figure.

ouryve Thu 04-Oct-12 19:33:03

1st = 17 hours
2nd = over almost as soon as it had really started.

DC1 = 44hours
DC2 = 2.5 hours
DC3 = 7 hours

All back to back and all with one arm up by their head smile

nightingale452 Thu 04-Oct-12 20:09:28

LeonieDeS...are you mother to 3 superheros? smile

Dramamumma Thu 04-Oct-12 20:16:15

1st - 2 hrs 10
2nd - 1hr 20
Barely made it to hospital, had chronic SPD, couldn't walk, got dragged in backwards in wheelchair and gave birth in admissions room.
Top Tip - prepare for long and short labours, write down how to deliver in an emergency and send husband for vasectomy like I did.

Alicadabra Thu 04-Oct-12 20:27:49

1st - 12 hours
2nd - 4 hours (but it felt waaay shorter - only just managed to fill the birthing pool in time!)

nightingale grin @ 'superheroes' that'll give 'em ideas!

pointythings Thu 04-Oct-12 21:15:10

1st labour - 25 hours from being told I was in active labour to delivery (considerable grumblings before then). Pushing for 90 minutes followed by emergency ventouse.

2nd labour - 3.5 hours. Pushing for 8 minutes. 'Twas a walk in the park by comparison.

Was told to plan a home birth for a third, but we were done.

snowpuma Thu 04-Oct-12 21:21:50

I feel compelled to add my experience for reasons of balance, as so many people are describing their wonderfully short second labours! I assure you it's not always the case, my second labour was a lot longer than the first. First was 16 hours, second was 2.5days!

Maybe the third will be the lovely simple 2 hour one?! hmm

devonsmummy Thu 04-Oct-12 21:24:24

I was expecting a super speedy 2nd birth with DD but she in fact took an hour & ten mins longer than DS
DS 2 hours 10 mins
Dd 3 hours 20 mins
I was worried during the last few weeks that's Dd would come before I got to hospital - needn't have worried!

browniebear Thu 04-Oct-12 22:02:17

Mine were about the same really started early evening and babies were both born the next mornings. I feel very lucky though after reading about women going for days

OiMcDuff Thu 04-Oct-12 22:12:38

1st labour = 14 hours
2nd labour = 55 minutes, including driving my son to pre-school (thinking I had at least a few hours before the baby arrived!) & ended in an emergency home birth by myself.....managed to ring for help but couldn't speak & ended up with my parents & the police arriving 10 mins after DD was born & the paramedics about 10 minutes after that...& my poor DH raced to get the tube home to get a phonecall halfway through the journey to be told her had a DD.....he got home an hour later, looking very shocked!!

CultureMix Thu 04-Oct-12 22:16:43

DS1 : 12 hours
DS2 : under 2 hours - made it to hospital just in time although not to a bed wink
One lady I know had her first very quickly (in car halted at motorway station, never got to hospital), so decided on a home birth for no.2. Arranged for a birthing pool and everything, never used (or even filled) the pool as baby popped out while she was in the shower wondering was that a first contraction.
But every birth is different and I don't think you can generalise.

nobette Thu 04-Oct-12 22:22:01

First time 11 hours second 6 hours

An0therName Thu 04-Oct-12 22:42:29

OP in my observation yes if you are quick the first time you will likely be quicker the 2nd - either go in early or consider a home birth
MarshallsMummy0304 - if you were 26 hours first time I really think you would be unlucky not to get to hospital in in time
pmgkt - yes if you got to full dilation probably would be quicker next time - at least that was my experience - had very stop start labour - not sure what in total with DS1 and then EMCS - 2nd was much less so - still 12 hours or so

elliesp93 Thu 04-Oct-12 22:55:24

my first labour was 66 hrs :| i seriously hope it's half or less than half, that was tragic sad i went in intending there to be no pain relief but gas an air after about 40hrs i gave in and got an epi, i think pain i could deal with aslong as it wasn't on going for days lol.

cagsd Fri 05-Oct-12 07:06:50

Yes I would say it's true for me.

First labour was around 7½ hours
Second one just over 4 hours
Third 1½ hours

I didn't dare risk a fourth.... ;)

Abigailsma Fri 05-Oct-12 08:26:18

My first labour was 20hrs ending in emergency c section and 5 days in hospital after.

Second was 3hrs by pressary induction natural delivery. 12 hours in hospital. Very different experience and so pleased to have vbac after the trauma of the c section.

pastagirl Fri 05-Oct-12 09:40:34

1st 20 hours
2nd 2.55

looking it does seem 2nd in paticular are fast huh?

BlueGuinefort Fri 05-Oct-12 10:54:32

Agree with IHeartCake: DC1 12 hours (anterior); DC2 16 hours (posterior and much tougher).

tunnocksteacake Fri 05-Oct-12 11:05:04

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BlueGuinefort Fri 05-Oct-12 12:11:04

Wow, Tunnock!

Sevillemarmalade Fri 05-Oct-12 12:11:25

First labour 5hrs, second labour 8hrs. Felt more in control second time round which is maybe why it was slower - both very short though so can't complain at all!

MrsJohnDeere Fri 05-Oct-12 12:13:06

1st 5 hours
2nd 1 hour!

SirDoris Fri 05-Oct-12 13:06:42

1st 34 hrs from waters breaking to baby
2nd 3hrs from waters breaking to baby

Covetingmychildrenseyelashes Fri 05-Oct-12 13:29:46

Quite seriously, it's worth your DH/DP reading up on what to do in the event of an unplanned home birth. I ended up having a caesarean first time round (having got to only 5cm), but DS2 was practically born in the bath, as things progressed much more quickly than I had realised... Like Abigailsma I was very happy to have such an easy VBAC

whatalovelyday Fri 05-Oct-12 14:32:41

1st 29 hours ending in ventouse delivery
2nd 2 hours!

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 05-Oct-12 14:50:39

Not read the whole thread, so sorry if it's not useful.

DS1: 5 hours first stage, pushed for an hour, then 2 hours delay when he got stuck, waiting for an obstetrician, then forceps delivery. 8 hours in total from waters breaking/first contraction.

DS2: 4 hours from first twinge to natural delivery (got to hospital with 45 mins to spare.)

DS3: 20 mins from waking up at 1.30 am when my waters broke to natural, (if unexpected) unattended home birth at 1.50 am. (All was well, if rather messy!)

cazzabazza Fri 05-Oct-12 16:46:53

1st labour - 31 hours from first twinge to delivery by EMCS (3cm to fully dilated in 12 hours)

2nd labour - 5 hours from first twinge to delivery VBAC (3cm to fully dilated in 30 mins, 19 mins of pushing)

mummy2benji Fri 05-Oct-12 16:52:44

Ok now I am terrified after reading about some of the super-short second labours! I was 12 hours with ds - hubby works 50 min drive away and is a surgeon so getting in touch with him may involve some hysterical shouting at theatre staff and insisting he put the scalpel down, and nearest relatives are 4 hours drive away. After working in obstetrics I couldn't have a home birth - I've seen a skewed proportion of complex labours and I would be too scared of something going wrong - so looks like I will have to fling ds at the nearest obliging neighbour and hope I don't give birth in a taxi to the hospital!

ATailOfTwoKitties Fri 05-Oct-12 16:53:32

1st labour 36 hours
2nd, from kicking DH awake to delivery, 3.5 hours [him: 'but we can't ring the babysitter at 4 a.m.' Me: 'you can unless you want to be holding DS1 in one arm and cutting the cord with the other!']
3rd (but induced so cheating really): long enough to walk down the ward to the cafe, think 'oh shit' and scuttle back again. Just.

MikeOxard Fri 05-Oct-12 16:57:12

1st - 22 hours
2nd - 12 hours

javotte Fri 05-Oct-12 18:50:41

DS (induced) : 10 hours from first contraction to delivery.
DD : less than 2 hours (and about 30mn from the first painful contraction!)
I'm due next week and I'm preparing myself to giving birth in the car!

Jemma47 Fri 05-Oct-12 19:22:18

Looking back I think 2nd labour is a state of mind..having been through it before i think the body just accepts whats about to happen and 'expidites' it. (sorry been in management training all day - buzzword bingo all day long)

ImStickingWithYou Fri 05-Oct-12 19:24:31

1st - 36hrs - back to back labour nightmare
2nd - 20 mins from first contraction to both twins being born. Twins were 9mins apart so only 11 mins from beginning to twin one being born! Luckily was in hospital for different reason!

Wafflenose Fri 05-Oct-12 19:27:17

1st - 24 hours from first contraction; 3 hours pushing, but fairly straightforward
2nd - 10.5 hours from first contraction; 3 pushes. Only unbearable for the last 20 mins or so.

LittleWub Fri 05-Oct-12 20:40:54

First labour 7 hours

Second labour 3 hours- only just made it to hospital blush

Phelia Fri 05-Oct-12 20:47:35

First labour 4 hours (though possibly a bit longer - I was 2 weeks early and convinced I just had indigestion!); second labour 10 mins. Yes, seriously - from first twinge to baby in arms. I had planned to have a home birth anyway, but it would have been at home whatever as I would never have even made it to the car!!
In retrospect I highly recommend 10 mins (didn't have time to hurt) but I did go into shock afterwards as I didn't know you could have a baby that fast!

mummybear12 Fri 05-Oct-12 20:59:05

i was going to ask this aswell , and everyone says because it was 14yrs ago had my 1st it will be like my 1st again .does anyone know if this is true ?? thanks smile good luck with birth harley k , hope it s as pain free as possible for you !

NK2b1f2 Fri 05-Oct-12 21:06:58

First dd about 36 hours.. I stopped counting. Second dd, about 2 hours and a bit. I know which I preferred! smile

EarnestDullard Fri 05-Oct-12 21:43:39

DD1: 16h from first contraction, 10h from 3cm dilated. 2.5h pushing, ended up with ventouse delivery.

DD2: 13h from first contraction, 7h from 3cm dilated. 1h pushing, no intervention.

ilovesmarties Fri 05-Oct-12 21:55:12

1st: 1 hour 42 minutes, 2 minutes of pushing

2nd: 1 hour 47 minutes, 2 pushes. I was lucky :-)

kweggie Fri 05-Oct-12 22:08:54

1st labour -17 hours
2nd labour -4 hours
3rd labour-36 hours(crap midwives didn't notice he was facing wrong way with cord round his neck)
4th labour ( I know, I know, what a martyr to the cause I really am) 12 hours.

So stop at 2!

nwthree Fri 05-Oct-12 22:12:43

1st labour: 4 1/2 hours
2nd labour: 47 minutes!

These are the midwife's recordings of the time I was in active labour for - it felt considerably longer each time. Second labour was much more manageable than the first, no tearing and was out the same day. Good luck!

CultureMix Fri 05-Oct-12 23:07:29

I posted earlier about my quick second labour. The funny thing was my DH had this iPhone labour app that he was quite excited to use - the idea was to tap the screen every time there was a contraction and it would time them and generate lovely graphs and show how they were getting closer etc. He only got to tap it about 6 times before they just accelerated and we had to dash off to the hospital... grin.

Would have been fine for DS1, indeed helped pass the time (didn't have the app yet at the point) but not a chance for DS2!

gelo Sat 06-Oct-12 01:22:55

labour 1: 25hr
labour 2: 8hr
labour 3: 3hr

seems to more or less follow your rule.

PictureThis Sat 06-Oct-12 07:22:48

1st labour DD was 6 hours 27 mins

2nd labour DS 55 minutes

Culture - yes, the same thing happened to us! We only got to use it for half an hour. I was looking at the times and saying to DH, 'of course I'm not in real labour, the contractions aren't lasting over a minute and I can talk during them', dd was born an hour later hmmgrin We actually only went in because my waters had broken, if the midwife in labour ward had told me to wait until I felt I needed to come in, dd definitely would have been born at home.

greenhill Sat 06-Oct-12 10:00:11

1st 13 hours from first twinge, had a sleep, then 2 hour active labour (back to back) arrived at hospital fully dilated as MW on phone didn't believe I was in labour until I passed the amniotic sac and had to sit on a bucket until the ambulance arrived!

2nd 6 hours from first twinge to fully dilated, 3 pushes and out!

I didn't have any pain relief with either DC and needed my waters broken both times.

Herecomesbod Sat 06-Oct-12 10:57:05

1st labour = 48 hours slow labour at home, then 5 further hours active labour in hospital, but relatively straightforward and not too much real pain involved.

2nd labour = 5 hours from 1st feel of contractions to birth. Pain much more intense during contractions but 2 pushes and he was here. And as he arrived at 6.30 this morning he's sleeping next to me in hospital. grin

InTheNightGarden Sat 06-Oct-12 11:10:09

stupidly glad I've read this thread.... my dd was born at 32weeks, I only had a 4 hour labour start to finish!! now 21weeks with her lil brother smile ... bring on a 2hour labour smile smile

greenhill Sat 06-Oct-12 11:11:47

Congratulations herecomesbod thanks

InTheNightGarden Sat 06-Oct-12 11:12:02

massive congratulations Herecomesbod !!!!

Thumbwitch Sat 06-Oct-12 11:24:32

Oh congratulations Herecomesbod! winethanks

Herecomesbod Sat 06-Oct-12 11:28:53

Many thanks all! Sorry for not responding sooner, think I nodded off there for a minute.

He's delightful & I'm doing the whole 'falling in love with my baby' all over again. So grateful I got to this twice. Anyway, enough about me, who else has has 2nd/3rd etc labours that went mega fast?

GoldShip Sat 06-Oct-12 11:57:21

I know it's easier for your cervix to dilate second time round, because it never closes fully after your first child!

GoldShip Sat 06-Oct-12 11:57:45

Congrats herecomes!!!

mummybear12 Sat 06-Oct-12 13:16:18

Congrats herecomes on your new little bundle of joy !

mummy2benji Sat 06-Oct-12 16:15:56

Big congrats herecomes!! I'm liking this "two pushes and he was out"... sounds an improvement on my 2 hours of pushing last time - here's hoping! x

NorthWhittering Mon 08-Oct-12 15:23:27

Hmm, so no 1 was 4 hours from no dilation to fully dilated and wanting to push and then 3 hours of pushing and a ventouse as he was a back to back delivery and got stuck. So I am assuming that if no 2 is not back to back it will be pretty quick then.

congratulations Herecomesbod!

PictureThis Thu 11-Oct-12 20:11:27

Northwhittering my 8wo DS was back to back and i went from 4cm to baby and placenta out in 55 minutes. Second stage (pushing) was only 10 minutes.

SweetFlabbyAdams Thu 11-Oct-12 23:31:33

My first labour was 82 minutes from first pain to out.
My second labour was 20 minutes from first pain to out

LittleBlackDress Fri 12-Oct-12 10:32:01

sweetflabbyadams goodness, two super speedy labours! Did you end up unattended for either?

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