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Talk to me about your third labours please

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xflipflopx Mon 09-Oct-17 10:06:29

38 weeks here with buba number 3 and my midwife said your third can be very fast or take longer than your second but quicker than first.
My first was 24 hours (first pain to last)
Second was 12 hours
So I thought I'd ask from experience what happened to you?
Good or bad I'm prepared confused

SuperBeagle Mon 09-Oct-17 10:11:07

Mine was longer than my second (12 hours), but shorter than my first (28 hours). But it was worth than both, as DC's shoulder got wedged in my pelvis and had to be manoeuvred out. The whole thing, from first contraction to baby, was 17 hours.

By comparison, my fourth was breezy. 10 hours from start to finish. No complications whatsoever. hmm

SuperBeagle Mon 09-Oct-17 10:11:24

worse* not worth!

midnightflowers Mon 09-Oct-17 10:17:03

4 hours from start to finish. He arrived 9 minutes after my waters broke!
Currently pregnant with no. 4 and hoping it’s just as fast!
Good luck!

xflipflopx Mon 09-Oct-17 12:20:27

Wow two very different stories.
I just want enough time to get to hospital I have an image of me being on the motorway with my dh catching baby!

staplegunner Mon 09-Oct-17 12:29:23

I was induced with the drip with my first - ended in an assisted delivery but was 12 hours. Second, natural, 24 hours. Third induction again at 39 weeks, midwife said I'd be there days or hours. 40 minutes later DD was in my arms. Was all a bit quick to be honest and didnt quite catch my breath. And I had to apologise to just about everyone within a mile radius due to my colourful language grin

TheKidsAreTakingMySanity Mon 09-Oct-17 13:17:15

Faster. First was 12 hours, 2nd was 6 and 3rd was 3 hours. I had a pool birth too so not only was it quicker, it was also a lot less painful and a lot easier.

angelopal Mon 09-Oct-17 13:21:53

First 6hrs and second 3.5hrs. Third was the longest at 8 hours. Was the most difficult but dc3 was the biggest at 4lb heavier than dc1. All spontaneous and almost bang on time.

Afreshstartplease Mon 09-Oct-17 13:23:32

Dc1+2 - 12 hours

Dc3+4- 5 hours

Afreshstartplease Mon 09-Oct-17 13:24:23

My third was my easiest as 4 was back to back

Peachy27 Mon 09-Oct-17 13:25:30

DC1 three days from waters breaking, drip and forceps, DC2 12 hours from first twinge to baby natural birth in pool, DC3 16 days overdue, induced and ended up on the drip again

sinceyouask Mon 09-Oct-17 13:28:38

Fast, but all of my labour have been less than 3 hours. Second stage around 20 mins, much longer than the 4 minute one with ds2, much shorter than the 75 minute one with ds1. Painful-DH told me afterwards he was really worried as I was screaming like a banshee and I had smiled my way through labour with ds2 and been far less noisy and upset having ds1. Emotional- I was so angry and unpleasant. I felt out of control and it showed, apparently. My midwife said "that's third births for you" but she probably said that as I was mortified later on about how vile I had been to almost everyone in the room!

SweetGrapes Mon 09-Oct-17 14:56:25

Fast but too fast. 10 minutes from 4cm to 10cm. Baby did not cry, water in the lungs. I felt like I had birthed a rocket rather than the usual watermelon.

Midwife didn't belive me when I said i was ready to push. She had just checked me 10 minutes back and was debating whether to send me home.

usernameavailable Mon 09-Oct-17 17:09:54

My first was 82 hours (contractions every minute) however active labour from 4cm dialated was 45 hours

2nd was 12 hours active labour from 4cm dialated

3rd was 20 mins start to finish

xflipflopx Mon 09-Oct-17 17:22:04

Thank you so much for your just shows how random all births can be.
Want it quick but 20 mins @usernameavailable that's crazy!!
Baby seems to be dancing on my cervix lately which is crippling me already.
6 years since last birth so I kinda thought being older wiser I'd feel more in control but as time is ticking over too fast I'm starting to feel like a scared little girl again!

asongforthelovers Wed 11-Oct-17 10:01:48

Mines was my longest, labour was around 5 1/2, could have been as I was induced early.

I found 3rd labour the toughest, I think I expected it to be a breeze. Once my waters went he shot out though.

I also had after pains straight after delivery for about 4 days, was rather sore.

I didn’t need stitches, I have recovered the quickest with no.3.

Baby’s 1 week old today 😊

Good luck op

Branleuse Wed 11-Oct-17 10:20:35

i think it was an easier faster birth than the other two, but it wasnt mega quick or anything. It was still just a normal birth

Roxx1516 Thu 12-Oct-17 21:19:12

Another question for you all? Is it true the after pains get worse the more children you have ? With my 1st child I was just a bit sore and tender every where but 2nd child was having bad after pains that felt like was still having contractions, will the after pains be even worse when I have my 3rd ??

xflipflopx Thu 12-Oct-17 21:35:52

I had someone tell me the other day that their third labour after pains were worse than the actual second labour was 6 years ago so can’t even remember the after pains but defo something else to think about just when we thought it would all be over we have more s**t to deal with...oh the joys

Tilapia Thu 12-Oct-17 21:37:55

DC1 - 28 hours
DC2 - 3.5 hours
DC3 - 3.5 hours

Agree with your friend - after pains far worse for third baby!

fuzzywuzzy Thu 12-Oct-17 21:38:55

Mine was an hour longer than my second and insanely painful. But I was induced and third was after twelve years after my second.

Doctors did say after a ten year gap your body forgets and it’s like a first labour.

No afterpains and healed pretty fast did have second degree tear.

Roxx1516 Thu 12-Oct-17 21:56:03

1st labour was 8hrs 2nd labour was 4hrs. Oh no ! Why tho 😂 My mum told me the after pains might be worse with my 3rd but I didn't think theyd be much worse 🙈 Looks like I might be staying in hospital for few days with 3rd child then, can they give you anything for the after pain bar paracetamol ? Can they give me anything stronger ?

crispsahoy Thu 12-Oct-17 22:01:21

Dc1 was csection (preeclampsia & breech @ 36+6
Dc2 18 hours from first twinge to birth.
Dc3 1hr 40mins from first twinge to birth. He could have very easily been born in the car park

SimultaneousEquation Thu 12-Oct-17 22:01:55

Three pushes and I had a baby...

It was all a bit of a blur, but after a few hours of contractions slowly building (but not too painfully), I had about half an hour of proper labour, then felt the urge to push. And hello, dc3!

SimultaneousEquation Thu 12-Oct-17 22:03:21

And as the others have said, what was gained in terms of a quick labour was balanced by really painful afterpains. Owww... it’s all coming back to me.

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