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annie8417 Thu 08-Feb-18 14:46:54

Hi I was wondering if anyone could tell me about their 4th births?
I'm currently 21wks pregnant with number 4 and I'm pretty nervous.
All my previous children were vaginal births and I had a 3rd degree tear with my first.
They were all quickish labours 7hrs, 6hrs and 2hrs.

What were your 4ths like?

Afreshcuppateaplease Sat 10-Feb-18 06:40:03

My fourth was 5 hours but back to back assume would have been faster if was right way around!

Justanotherzombie Sat 10-Feb-18 06:49:51

Just had my 4th. I managed really well at home and arrived at hospital at 8cm. Then he was out within an hour. And for the first time no tears.

annie8417 Sat 10-Feb-18 11:09:01

I'm really hoping mine is as quick as the last one!

BrutusMcDogface Sat 10-Feb-18 13:22:15

Me too, Annie! Just- how long were your other labours? Mine have been quite long.

Afreshcuppateaplease Sat 10-Feb-18 13:32:20

My first two were days of slow labour then 12 hours from 4 cm

Third was 5 hours from first twinge out

annie8417 Sat 10-Feb-18 15:06:05

My first was 7hours but a delayed 2nd stage which resulted in a 3rd degree tear, thanks to forceps.
2nd was 6hours and 3rd was 2hrs from first contraction to the end , however my waters had broken the day before but had no contractions, went in for an induction and was given a sweep which got everything starting x

Mumof3cheeky Sat 10-Feb-18 20:53:36

Hi all, I’m desperate to find out too what I can expect so just started a thread on it on childbirth. My 1st one was 7 days late the usual day long first labour then 2nd and 3rd induced. Both I had the pesarine in the morning but labour didn’t start til 11 pm but only lasted a couple of hrs so in that sense it was over quick but a bit of a long wait for it. It would be interesting to hear from other induced mums to see if anyone had a normal birth after multiple inductions

annie8417 Sat 10-Feb-18 21:07:37

My 2nd birth was after an induction and I went in to labour naturally , she was only a 6hour labour

RandomMess Sat 10-Feb-18 21:11:11

Mine were all inductions as overdue. My 4th was a breeze, official labour 2 mins although in pain for hours before that though!

It was so great I said afterwards "was that it, I'd do that again tomorrow" I went 8 cm to delivered in 3 contractions.

annie8417 Sat 10-Feb-18 21:24:08

Ohh random mess! That sounds like my sort of labour!!

holycityzoo Sat 10-Feb-18 21:34:32

I had a week of slow labour with my fourth. He was also ventouse.
I couldn't believe it as his brother was only born 13 months before weighing 10lb8 and practically flew out!
Dc4 obviously didn't get the memo that he was supposed to quick and easy!

VileyRose Sat 10-Feb-18 21:36:01

4th was same as second. Back to Back,painful but quick.

ljlkk Sat 10-Feb-18 21:44:15

I don't understand all the confusing ways to count how long a labour lasted.

My 4th, I went from "Stop the denial & better call the midwife..." to "Babe's arrived!" in about 3.5 hrs. There wasn't much damage to undercarriage.

RandomMess Sun 11-Feb-18 08:11:04

@ljlkk labour officially starts once you are 2-3 centimetres dilated. I have the unfortunate ability to be in pain and contracting for several hours before my cervix does shortening let alone opening!!!

This is why some women can have days of the latent phase, pain and contractions starting and stopping but are not considered to be in labour.

Afreshcuppateaplease Sun 11-Feb-18 08:20:39

With dc1&2 i arrived at hospital 4cm so 12 hours from then to birth
Dc3 and 4 i arrived more than 4, i think 5-6cm

ljlkk Sun 11-Feb-18 09:31:20

I thought that's the clinical definition of when labour starts, but I'll wager real money that some of the folk answering this thread haven't calculated the length of their labour that way.

I don't know when I reached 3cm, either.

BrutusMcDogface Sun 11-Feb-18 09:40:34

I was told I wasn't in active labour til 4 cm, and was sent home a couple of times... blush

BrutusMcDogface Sun 11-Feb-18 09:41:23

That's when labour started according to my notes, too. Don't know how they time it if you turn up at 8 cm, though!

SprogletsMum Sun 11-Feb-18 09:43:23

With my 4th my waters went and were full of meconium but I wasn't contracting so I had to have the drip. I had group b strep too so had to have iv antibiotics as well.
Think my waters went at 2am I was on the drip by 4am my contraction started at 8am one non stop 20 minute contraction and dc4 shot out at 8.19am.
So not too bad really. No stitches or anything like that.

RandomMess Sun 11-Feb-18 09:43:40

I agree @ljlkk I always say it was painful for x hours before!! I think with my last I was using gas and air for about 2 hours until they took it off me and made me get in the bath hmmwhich lasted a few minutes then I got out and only just made it onto the bed to deliver grin

That was another time I realised how good the tens machine was, could tell when I took it off!!! I was coping quite happily with it and gas & air poxy bath was rubbish (hate them at the best of times!)

annie8417 Sun 11-Feb-18 09:53:02

All my notes say it's the amount of time in labour x with two of mine I was in hospital before labour began so they calculated from 3cm

Hotpinkangel19 Sun 11-Feb-18 11:34:02

My first 3 were lovely natural births. 2 water births. Just gas and air. No tears. No 4 however was an induction, small tear, strapped to the bed. Totally different experience.

RandomMess Sun 11-Feb-18 11:40:25

I refused to be strapped to the bed! My notes were"no continuous monitoring, no automatic catheter is I have an epidural" few more No this, no that but can't remember what now!

DrWhy Sun 11-Feb-18 11:59:17

I didn’t realise that labour was officially from 3cm. I’ve always counted from when the first string aches started to babies arrival (about 12 hours in my case, only one baby) but I was 4cm when my midwife did my sweep the day before so I guess I was officially ‘in labour’ more than 36 hours - some of which I spent in a pub blush

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