I've just found out that I'm pregnant with my second child - wonderful news! But, nr 1 was 7 weeks early, for no apparent reason. So I'm rather concerned that the same thing might happen with nr 2. (Nr 1 is absolutely fine now, but it was a very stressful experience!) While we were in hospital with nr 1, we met lots of parents who were having their second or third prem baby... usually each baby was more prem than the last. So, for some reassurance, I would love to hear from anyone who had a first child prem, then went on to full term with later children. (I have asked my GP about the chances, but as they don't know why nr 1 was early, they can't begin to guess about nr 2.) Grateful for any reassurance!
No statistics but a mum at preschool pregnant two weeks ahead if me. Her waters broke at 32 weeks (no reason found) had her dd at 33 I think. She had a section and wanted vbac this time which she got- she went 10 days over and narrowly massed second sration as they would not induce.
I am in a similar position OP, DD was born at 34 weeks (no apparent reason), I am now 31 weeks pregnant with DC2 and oh my goodness my anxiety is high, I am symptom checking like mad but keeping everything crossed (literally!!!) that this one decides to stay put for at least 6 more weeks - Good luck x
My first was 7 weeks early - spontaneous, quick 2hour 20minute labour
With my second I was admitted at 27 weeks with contractions, given drip & injections and luckily labour fizzled out. Admitted again at 30 weeks, contracting again & 3 cm dilated. Drip again, & again labour stopped. After all that was induced at 37 weeks due to severe pain & limited mobility from per-existing spinal condition. Even had to have the drip as labour refused to get going by itself Was an even quicker labour though - 1hour 7mins!
Thanks for all your encouraging messages! My first also arrived fairly quickly, bionic emu, though not quite as fast as yours! From first indication (waters breaking) to baby arriving took 5 hours, and I was given some tablets to try to slow labour down... So I expect nr 2 will be faster. Will try to relax. But as you suggest bryzoan, I should be ready from at least 30 weeks.
DD1 was born at 34+6 (no reason, waters just went), DD2 at 39+2, DS threatened at 32+6 (tablets worked for me even though I had started dilating) and was born at 37+0. I'm currently 29+1 with DC4 and have already been treated for threatened pre-term labour at 27+0. I've had a positive Actim Partus test so it's highly likely that this baby will be prem but no idea how early.
If you want the official stats, I believe they are on the Bliss website. Bear in mind that the stats for the UK are different to the USA ones if you go hunting on the Internet.