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How many days in the difference between when your first and second labours started?

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MammaCici Wed 27-Mar-13 19:02:47

My first baby came on his due date. 40+0.
My midwife said that gestations are usually about the same give or take a day or two.

I'm wondering what other mums experiences are with second babies. Were they born around the same point of the pregnancy or was there a week or two (or more) in the difference?

My mum arrives to take care of DS when I'll be 37+5. I just hope I make it that far as my other childcare options are far from ideal. We don't have family close by and both my friends that I've asked agreed but their situations are far from ideal (one has a special needs child, the other has 3 kids with another on the way) so I really don't want to depend or impose on them.

So, were your pregnancies about the same length?

JamieandtheMagicTorch Wed 27-Mar-13 19:05:30

1st - 9 days late - induced - EMCS in the end
2nd - 2 days overdue - sweep - VBAC

Letticetheslug Wed 27-Mar-13 19:08:42

1st a week early

2nd a week late

a tendency which has stuck with them ever since ( 24 and 20!)

ChasingSquirrels Wed 27-Mar-13 19:10:24

almost identical (within an hour or so)

WhispersOfWickedness Wed 27-Mar-13 19:10:26

First was 14 days late (induced at 12 days late) and second was 11 days late (spontaneous labour) so pretty similar for me.

PigeonPie Wed 27-Mar-13 19:11:46

Both of mine arrived a day 'early', but the labours started a good 48 hours before on and off.

BettyandDon Wed 27-Mar-13 19:12:23

Both 11 days. 1st labour was 3 days long, 2nd was 2 hours. Both babies same size too.

Wolfiefan Wed 27-Mar-13 19:12:58

1st 6 days late
2nd 4 days early.

MeerkatMerkin Wed 27-Mar-13 19:16:26

I am wondering the same! My DS came at 38+6 and I don't have any family locally. My mum will be travelling 2.5 hours to come and look after DS when I go into labour with no. 2 so I'm hoping I'll get plenty of warning but you can't plan these things at all, can you?!

LadyKinbote Wed 27-Mar-13 19:20:36

1st - on the due date
2nd - a week late
Both had a loooooong first stage though so plenty of time to sort myself out.

Iggly Wed 27-Mar-13 19:23:20

1st-8 days late
2nd - due date

But I think my second was actually conceived a week earlier so reckon she was actually a week late iyswim

Knittingnovice Wed 27-Mar-13 19:26:12

DS 40+6
DD 38+6
DC3 currently 36 weeks and waiting!!

Rikalaily Wed 27-Mar-13 19:26:34

1st - 5 weeks early
2nd - 3 days early
3rd - 1 day late (well 3 hours late, went into labour on my dd and she arrived at 3am the next morning)
4th - 3 days late

My pregnancies are getting longer, lol.

MammaCici Wed 27-Mar-13 19:29:25

I wouldn't mind another long latent phase. Just once it doesn't kick off 16 days or more earlier than my first, so my mum is here. A short and easy active phase would be nice! But my baby is back to back so that's not looking very likely at this point. Dreading it to be honest.

Thanks for your replies ladies.

NorkilyChallenged Wed 27-Mar-13 19:35:16

I'm not sure that's true (what your midwife said)

DD1 - 39+3 (but 4 days ling slow labour)
DD2 - 40+4
DS - 41+6 hmm

mine also getting longer

NorkilyChallenged Wed 27-Mar-13 19:36:53

Also, I had difficult time with my first bit second time was totally different experience, so try not to worry (easier said than done). DD2 birth was quick easy and straight after I said "ooh I'd do that again" smile

ballstoit Wed 27-Mar-13 19:38:37

DS labour started at 41 weeks.
DD1 was induced on due date so don't know how late she'd have been
DD2 5 days late.

With both DS and DD2 I had niggly pains, lots of trips to the loo, backache all day before labour properly kicking off.
I think you'll know it's starting, so would have time to make plans.

zzzzz Wed 27-Mar-13 19:40:39

1 week early
2 weeks early
4 weeks early
2 weeks late shock

Doilooklikeatourist Wed 27-Mar-13 19:42:21

DS 3 days early
DD 5 days late

BigBoobiedBertha Wed 27-Mar-13 19:43:33

DS1 born on his due date
DS2 born 6 days early (and he was 2lb 6 oz heavier!)

I am eternally grateful I don't know what it is really like to go overdue.

sleepingsatellite Wed 27-Mar-13 19:44:31

DS1 - 12 days early, labour started 3.30 am
DS2 - 2 days early, labour started 3.30 pm

bruffin Wed 27-Mar-13 19:45:57

DS induced at 38 weeks
Dd 37.2 weeks

AuntPepita Wed 27-Mar-13 19:56:11

1st 38+1
2nd 39+0

AuntPepita Wed 27-Mar-13 19:56:45

And both exactly the same weight

ArabellaBeaumaris Wed 27-Mar-13 19:58:09

Dd1 was 14 days late
Dd2 was 1 day late

They weighed the same.

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