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Was your second labor quicker than first?

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Justcurious000 Sat 14-Jan-17 23:03:58

My first labor from first twinge of anything to birth was 3hr 20. I've been told by my consultant that it's likely this birth will be even quicker. That scares me slightly now I have a toddler, a family who work and a husband who works at least an hour a way.

Has this been the case for some of you?

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windygallows Sat 14-Jan-17 23:10:41

For my first I started getting contractions at 5pm, at hospital by 8 and baby born at midnight. 7hrs. Second was slightly less about 5.5 hrs in total. But hurt a heck it's lot more!! So answer is YES!!!!

DisneySenior Sat 14-Jan-17 23:14:01

Yes, my first labour was 23 hours and my second was 5 hours

SecondaryQuandary Sat 14-Jan-17 23:14:20

Yup. First 36 hours, second 1 hr 10 mins from first twinge.

Had DD within 4 mins of getting to hospital : just got my pants down in time [blush{

greathat Sat 14-Jan-17 23:15:04

First 3 hours, second 40 mins smile

Daffydil Sat 14-Jan-17 23:15:59

My first, from waters breaking (first sign of anything happening) to birth, was just under 3.5 hrs.

No 2, from first twinges to baby being born was just under 3 hours. She arrived 4 mins after we got to the hospital.

deadlegs Sat 14-Jan-17 23:18:46

According to my notes, on paper, my second (1 hr 50mins) was longer than my first (17 mins!!), but as far as I was concerned i'd say the second was quicker from start to finish. I knew after the first that I'd have to get to hospital quickly but it was a close call!!

Justcurious000 Sat 14-Jan-17 23:19:32

Seems it is usually the case then with them getting quicker! I just hope to god its in the middle of the night or a weekend so I'm not alone.

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MumOfTwoMasterOfNone Sat 14-Jan-17 23:22:07

Yep both induced and 20 hours to 5 hours.

Shadowboy Sat 14-Jan-17 23:23:22

Yes!! First was 21 hours from waters breaking to arrival. 2nd was 5 hours from first twinge (felt like period pains/gas) to arrival

BackforGood Sat 14-Jan-17 23:27:10

Dc1 27hrs
Dc2 about 20mins


happypotamus Wed 18-Jan-17 08:10:39

Yes. My first labour was 6hrs from waking up when waters went at 3am to holding her. Afterwards the MW told me that second labours are usually quicker and to get to hospital quickly if I had another. Second labour was 3hrs from waters going to birth. We did go in as soon as possible when waters went after sorting out someone to look after DC1 but it was before contractions started so I was sent home. We pretty much turned round and went straight back, but only just got there in time.
How far away is the hospital from you? I was lucky that it was only about 10 minutes drive. Is a home birth an option for you? Then you wouldn't have to worry about time to get to hospital, dropping your DC1 off or waiting for someone to collect them etc.

OllyBJolly Wed 18-Jan-17 08:17:23

First : 26 hours
Second: 20 minutes from first contraction to birth. (Waters had gone about 10 hours before)

ohidoliketobe Wed 18-Jan-17 08:34:45

Oh god yes. When people tell you its faster don't just smile and nod and secretly eye roll like I did. From first twinge to baby born:
1st: 21 hours
2nd: 4 hours
I only just made it into the delivery suite with DD (DC2). I didn't go to hospital sooner as I thought I had 'a while to go yet' and contractions weren't too bad. Then suddenlyfelt the urge to push. Luckily we only live 10 mins drive from hospital. Like you I had a toddler and DH works an hour away- I went into labour in the night (4am) and PIL live locally so DH dropped DS off there at 6.

It would certainly be a concern if/ when we consider a 3rd. I bleed - post partum haemorrhage of over 1 litre each time so planning for a home birth is not an option, I don't know what grounds I'd have for ELCS, and would never consider an induction because everyone I know who had one has resulted in either EMCS or forceps (with post parturition complications). I'd probably just loiter around the hospital from 37 weeks!

DustyMaiden Wed 18-Jan-17 08:38:34

1st 48hrs in delivery room. 2nd 4 minutes.

NickyEds Wed 18-Jan-17 08:45:30

Yes, ds about 30 hours and dd was 5 hours.

Seeline Wed 18-Jan-17 08:47:45

Yes , 1st 29hrs, 2nd 13 hrs - still far too long for my liking grin

MissCalamity Wed 18-Jan-17 09:23:02

I started having pains with both about midnight.
DC1 born at 1.40pm
DC2 born at 6.15am

As another poster said DC2 was so much quicker but hurt a lot more! shock
Good luck!

Trulyamnearanear Wed 18-Jan-17 17:44:01

Is this just when dc1 was vaginal birth. I'm wondering?

Scattymere Wed 18-Jan-17 22:48:17

Yup me!nGet ready OP- 1st labour- 5 hours second- from waters breaking to baby arriving- just under 2hours. Almost gave birth in the car in race to hospital. Be totally ready from month before!

TresDesolee Wed 18-Jan-17 22:58:10

Probably stating the obvious OP, but see if you can organise some back-up and have people stay over if your DH is away. Can you have a home birth? My friend has very quick labours and her midwife practically ordered her to have a home birth for the second and to phone the midwife the minute she felt a twinge.

moonbeamdream Sat 21-Jan-17 09:49:23

First labour was 4 hr 30 mins, got to
Hospital at 7 had DD1 at 11:06pm

Second labour 2 hr 30 mins, Got to hospital at 5pm had DD2 at 5:42pm


soundsystem Sun 22-Jan-17 22:08:52

This is all making me nervous! First labour was 4 hours from first twinge to holding the baby. The midwife at the time said to plan another home birth if I had a second. DH has been briefed by the midwife on what to do if it looks like this baby is going to arrive before she does!

chatnanny Sun 22-Jan-17 22:20:50

First was 16 hours, second 5 hours.

MrsBungle Sun 22-Jan-17 22:24:33

Yep! First: 52 hours, second: 1 hour 54 minutes!

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