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Two great pregnancies and labours. Are thirds really worse? .

(34 Posts)
littleraysofsunshine Mon 03-Jun-13 14:53:13

I've had two sides to the story. Some day it's easier, some say its the worst!

AmberSocks Tue 04-Jun-13 10:23:06

my third birth was by far the best,they have all been straightforward and quite quick but my daughters birth was amazing,she was about a pound smaller than the boys which i think helped,it was my first water birth and it was just amazing,i would say i realised i was in labour earlier than i did with the other two,so in a way it was longer but i didnt feel any pain at all,my 4th was more painful but he was bigger,he was water birth at home and although still amazing i remember it being more painful than number 3,there was lots of pressure from early on,not just the last few contraction like the others.

FoofFighter Tue 04-Jun-13 11:36:13

MW helpfully mentioned that 3rd labours can be a bit 0.o (that was the look on her face..) hmm

The MWs who wrote the OBEM book stated in it that 3rd labours can be a nightmare. hmm

All very helpful, thanks!

amazingmumof6 Tue 04-Jun-13 12:49:11

I read a book ages ago - and there's no way I can quote it, sorry - that suggested that out of all NORMAL labours the 3rd ones carry the least amount of risk of complications to both mother and baby.

I wish I could remember all the reasons why, but one stuck in my mind about how the uterus has been already used enough "to perform well" but not over used.

so in theory the 3rd birth should be the safest (not necessarily the easiestwink )

again, no hard data, and of course there are surely plenty of cases that would be in direct opposition of this theory ( dare I say statistics included in that book?), but I thought it is an interesting point, if true.

amanda36567 Wed 05-Jun-13 03:43:31

No. They got easier for me. Had three. My third was the easiest!

CountryMama Wed 05-Jun-13 03:57:24

3rd was easy... Had him at home which made it so much more calm and manageable. I had quick births 1&2 and being at home slowed the 3rd down ... In a good way.

AdoraBell Wed 05-Jun-13 04:04:02

I've only had 1 pregnanacy but isn't it the case that each pregnancy, as well as each woman, is different? I wouln't worry about having a rough 3rd pregnancy just because someone else did, IYSWIM. Although with an express delivery like your second I would go along with the recommendation of a home birth for the next.

lisa07769 Wed 12-Jun-13 13:46:53

First baby was 6 hours from waters breaking to delivery.Arrived at hospital and he was born within 45 minutes.
Second baby unplanned home birth she was born 15 minutes after waters broke. With absolutely no contractions before waters broke.Very shocking but relief. I really want some pain relief with baby number 3 but I am terrified it is all going to be a rush again.Aarrggggg!!!!!

tazmo Wed 12-Jun-13 16:22:53

Just had 2 friends give birth to no 3. They had a worst time as both had the babies back to back which I hear is painful. My3 rd was c section but the worst c section as elective so less drugs!

littleraysofsunshine Wed 12-Jun-13 18:26:01

I found my back to back baby easier ( painful) but easier that no.1..

So who knows for this baby!!

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