Am due second baby in March. Had relatively easy birth with DS1, 10 hour labour all in , gas & air, no stitches. Worried now that I'm in for a horrible labour this time! Any mothers of multiple babies, were all births the same? Is it wrong to expect the same??
Quicker - I has a lovely homebirth with a glass of merlot as pain relief & less than an hour's active labour! First labour also v straightforward - 4 hours, water birth at the MLU so fingers crossed & positive thinking that yours will follow. Good luck!
Quicker for me too. Epic 48 hours with DD. With DS I knew in the morning I'd have him that day. Did some shopping (while contracting!), put the cot up, finished last minute things off. Settled down for Saturday night TV, went into labour properly at about 9pm and had DS in my arms at 12.45am.
Was less painful for me - had just gas and air - and there are photos of me laughing in labour and being generally excited!
Both labours were the same length for me- 6 1/2 hours. But the pushing stage was a little quicker. 12 minutes for DD as opposed to 19 minutes with DS.
I found it easier the second time around as I knew what to expect. The midwife didn't believe how dialated I was when she examined me as I was so calm. I was just calm as I knew there was no point in panicking, the baby was coming whether I liked it or not.
DC3 is due in 10 weeks. I'm hoping for a similar experience this time around.
oh that really lifts my spirits!currently 10 weeks but DS1 took 24 hours from start of induction to finish, 19 hours with contractions. i was desperate for an epidural after about 7 hours of contractions but of course i was unable to leave the bed for the rest of the time... 45 mins of pushing is also something i'm not keen to repeat!
dc1 - 6 hour labour, went straight into proper contractions, all went smoothly, 1 hr pushing, G&A, 2 weeks early, few stitches
dc2 - 1hr50 labour, went straight into full on contractions, very smooth, out in 3 pushes, about 2 puffs of G&A (only just made it to birthing unit in time!), 9 days early, few stitches
dc3 - 5 hour labour, more niggly before proper contractions, back to back and head up so very painful and quite a long time pushing but ultimately straightforward, G&A, home birth, 3 weeks early, no stitches
So more similarities than differences but not identical either. Delivered them all in different positions too. Must admit the difficulty in pushing out dc3 was a bit of a shock after the amazing experience I had with dc2 where I was all "I am woman hear me roar "