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Short labours run in the family??

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Annie456 Tue 05-Jul-11 18:59:28

evening all!
At 33 weeks with DC1 I just braved the question to my mum "how long was your labour?"

Her reply was: from the first contraction with
DC1 = 3.5 hours.
DC2 = 2.5 hours
DC3 = 90 mins!

It would take DH 45 mins to get home from work and another 45 mins to the hospital - or I could change to another one 10 mins away...

Is there evidence to suggest that if my mum had short labours, I will too?? Trying to decide whether to switch from Tommys to Kings...

NatzCNL Tue 05-Jul-11 19:03:31

Best to ask your midwife. My mum had short labours, as have I so far, but my sister has endured very long labours (have same mother and father), so I suppose it could run in the family, or you could take after the other side of your family.

Best of luck to you x

mamaesi Tue 05-Jul-11 21:31:40

not sure if its a proven fact but my mother and I had identical precipitous labours both of us had about 2 hours...

IdDoAndyMurrayInAHurry Tue 05-Jul-11 21:37:35

Din't be fooled. All my family had fairly quick labours. Sisters all less than 6 hours even with first, quickest 55 mins born at home.
My mum had me 20 mins after her water broke no contractions prior to this.
Of course I was therefore convinced I would have a quick labour. Hasn't counted on a baby with a large head (37cm) which was turned slightly to the side. For me 36 hours, 19 hrs in established labour! Might just be my bad luck though smile

NorthLondonDoulas Tue 05-Jul-11 23:33:02

The myth says look how your mothers labours went to figire out what yours will be like but from my experience as a mother of 4 and a Birth Doula this does not always follow suit. My mum had her 1st baby (breech) in 8 hours, 2nd baby in 5 hours and me in 20mins from start to finish. And i was... DC1 = 8hrs, DC2 = 7hrs, DC3 = 3hrs, DC4 = 8hrs. So no pattern lol, however it is always worth mentioning to your midwifery team that quick labours run in the family. Good luck!x

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