Yesterday I posted in the pregnancy forum asking what the weight difference was between their first born and second born. Some people responded with the length of times their labours were too, which has worried me somewhat!
Basically, I live 20 miles from the hospital and it can take anything from 40mins to over an hour, depending on traffic.
I wasn't too concerned before because I was roughly 18 hours from 1st pains to DD being born and 9 hours of proper labour. A few ladies had similar labours first time and then 45 minute labours second time(which wouldn't give me long enough to get to the hospital )! What was your experience second time round?x
The midwife told me its normally about half the length of your first. Mind you she also told me that second babies come earlier and to be ready for that, dd2 came later but her labour was about half the time.
Thank you so much for your replies! It's much appreciated! I've just realised that stupidly, I've posted in conception! I totally thought I had posted in childbirth. Sorry ladies! Brains not quite functioning properly these days xx
I went to the hospital shortly after contractions started, but it all quickly faded into nothing and I went out with my husband to the restaurant then returned to the hospital and gave birth 24hrs later. 2 hours active labour.
Second time lasted 1.5hrs from the very first contraction to meeting the baby girl! Active labour was 11mins . I couldn't believe it, I thought this is fiction type of stuff that never happens to anybody in RL! My waters broke on the back seat of the taxi, I couldn't really talk at that point and don't know what the taxi driver thought of the damage. I would have apologized / paid for the damage if I could track him down. I hope he was insured against this kind of thing. If I knew how quick it'd be I would have asked the neighbours to drive me but you don't think of it as a polite thing to do in the middle of the night! I really thought I'd be fine.