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Long latent phase with dc1, same second time around?

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HPsauceonbaconbuttiesmmm Sun 10-Mar-13 20:44:17

I went into spontaneous labour with dc1, born at 41+6. I had about 48 hours of prelabour, maximum period pain level of pain, really nothing bad. This came and went leaving me the odd hour or so to rest. Labour proper started after a 5 hour break where nothing happened, and was full on contractions, then DS born just 5 hours later.

I'm now 35 weeks with dc2 and wondering if those who had a long latent phase the first time also did the second time around. I know there's no guarantees, just curious. Also hoping for a bit of warning so I have time to get DS sorted before going in!


ZuleikaD Mon 11-Mar-13 11:28:53

I had four days of sporadic contractions the first time, but second time I had a sweep at 41 + 10 and went straight into proper 10-minute apart contractions that reduced during the night to about 5m apart by 5am. Went into the MLU and had DS a couple of hours later.

HPsauceonbaconbuttiesmmm Mon 11-Mar-13 11:34:39

Thanks, nice to know I may not be in for 2 days without sleep before labour kicks in this time!

dinkystinky Mon 11-Mar-13 11:38:43

In early labour with DS1 for 2 days then induced.

DS2 - no early labour signs at all till my waters broke - contractions kicked in an hour later - born 3 and a half hours later!

HPsauceonbaconbuttiesmmm Mon 11-Mar-13 13:16:14

Wow that was quick! Thanks for replying.

MammaCici Mon 11-Mar-13 15:19:17

I'm reading this thread with interest as I am in a similar position. Long early stage. Contractions on and off for a week with two days of stronger ones before proper labour started.
It's made me wonder if baby will come a week earlier this time. If it starts around the same time but goes more quickly.
I guess I'll have to wait and see! 8 weeks or so left (maybe 7 if it's a week early!).

rubyslippers Mon 11-Mar-13 15:21:20

Nope - first DC, two days of long slow labour

Second one, from first CX to delivery was just over 7 hours

Chunderella Mon 11-Mar-13 19:29:09

Sounds very similar to my experience. I too am very reassured to read about women who had quick labours second time round!

Toptack Mon 11-Mar-13 19:45:00

Oh thank god a long latent phase doesn't seem to necessarily repeat itself! I had a 4 day latent phase with contractions coming regularly for 8 hours or so (always overnight) and then wearing off again. Then I was in established labour for 24 hours. Poor DS was knackered as hell by the time he came out, could barely breath, and ended up in NICU for a week. The whole experience was horrendous and quite frankly I'm completely terrified about doing it again in August...

MountainOrMolehill Mon 11-Mar-13 19:49:32

Would much prefer long latent phase than long active phase! I'm speaking from experiencewink

3 labours.
1 textbook
1 b2b very long and then assisted delivery
1 b2b quick delivery!

All very different and no two births are the same. Good luck

Toptack Mon 11-Mar-13 19:53:30

V true Mountain my midwife kept trying to tell me that a long latent phase often meant you had a shorter active phase... Sadly didn't work out that way for me!

Pozzled Mon 11-Mar-13 19:59:24

I had a long latent phase with DD1- over 48 hours of on/off contractions. It was worse at night, so I was sleeping in 10-15 minute stretches and was utterly exhausted by the time she arrived.

With DD2 it was about 7 hours from start to finish. It caught me out- I didn't wake DH until fairly late on, waited even longer to sort out childcare and our lift to hospital, and only just made it in time.

HPsauceonbaconbuttiesmmm Mon 11-Mar-13 20:36:37

Thanks all. Sounds like a long prelabour the first time doesn't give any indication if what'll happen second time around. Now if only she will turn up on time....!

LadyD84 Thu 14-Mar-13 22:31:17

So showing this thread to DH- he thinks just because we had 60 hours warning last time, it will be the same again this time and he can get a couple of days at work done whilst we wait!

Ouch my back is hurting just thinking about it...

MiaowTheCat Fri 15-Mar-13 17:11:04

I'm onto day number 7 of them... they've even had me on the drip to hold things off long enough for steroids (as I was just under their cutoff for them with prem labour) but now they've done that and they're letting things happen if they want to happen - I AM BLOODY CLIMBING THE WALLS!!!! Since I'm still prematurely latenting away as well - it was a choice of either stay in or go home under the utter promise that I would have someone with me at all times - hence my mum's got me under pretty much house arrest in case things start actually doing anything other than ineffectually contracting and stopping.

MiaowTheCat Tue 19-Mar-13 18:27:13

Well I had a week and a half of it, came to the hospital in agony to be told still no progress and then went zero to waters breaking and a baby in under 15 minutes! Midwife most bemused by that one!

HPsauceonbaconbuttiesmmm Tue 19-Mar-13 19:12:21

Wow, that was quick! Many congratulations!

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