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Was your second baby quicker than the first?

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bettydraper31 Mon 13-Nov-17 13:10:53

DD was only six hours from waters breaking to her being born at 33 weeks 4lb 2oz. Everyone keeps telling me my second will be quicker than the first, is this always the case?!

Thanks everyone x

justdontevenfuckingstart Mon 13-Nov-17 13:13:05

DD1 was 5 hours, DD2 was 2 hours.

Rubyslippers7780 Mon 13-Nov-17 13:14:29

Ds1 was 7 hours ds2 17 minutes....

Wolfiefan Mon 13-Nov-17 13:14:49

10 1/2 hours.
Then less than an hour.

Bubblysqueak Mon 13-Nov-17 13:15:02

52 hours with ds1 11 with ds2 . Would have preferred ds1 labour twice though as ds2 was back to back and epidural didn't work. Ds1 gas and air only.

HipToBeSquare Mon 13-Nov-17 13:16:02

Yes about 12 hours with dd1 and about 4 hours with dd2.

WorldWideWanderer Mon 13-Nov-17 13:18:24

Yes, 24 hours with my first (and epidural and then forceps) whereas 2nd was 6 hours only, no pain relief whatsoever, not even gas and air.

bettydraper31 Mon 13-Nov-17 13:19:44

Lol okay... smile
How did you all deal with childcare for your first? I'm worried about getting to the hospital quick enough. My mum lives over an hour away so would need to wait for her to arrive to look after DD.. worried this one will arrive before she gets here! X

Equimum Mon 13-Nov-17 13:21:05

Yes. 36 hours with my first and about 8-9 hours with my second, despite the second being back-to-back and arm first.

BigBaboonBum Mon 13-Nov-17 13:40:40

About 26 hours with first (waters went and it was a slow burner) and about 12 hours with second (waters didn’t go until he was coming out)

Expectingbsbunumber2 Mon 13-Nov-17 13:56:51

21 hours with my first (terrible labour) so I'm really hoping this one is much less than that!!

MadeForThis Mon 13-Nov-17 14:09:38

I'm worried about the same thing. DD was 10 hours from first twinge of pain to actual birth. And she was back to back.

My DM and DF are coming to stay a week before the birth as they live in another country and it's going to be Christmas.

If it happens before then I'm worried about mil and sil being in work or asleep and hard to contact. Although both are 30 mins away. DH works an hour away too. We don't really have any other childcare options and I would hate DD to see me in pain in the house alone with her. She's only just 2.

I'm not sure what most people do. Probably just hope for the best.

Piffpaffpoff Mon 13-Nov-17 14:10:53

Both mine were induced. From the start of labour, the first was 14 hrs with my waters broken for me and a syntocin (?) drip to try and speed things up. Second was 3 hours with no intervention. Was fab as I was expecting it to take all day again but we were done and dusted by 6.30am! And back home by 3!!

Piffpaffpoff Mon 13-Nov-17 14:13:57

Do you have a friend or neighbour that DD could go to and wait there til your mum arrived if necessary?

I was lucky as I was booked in for induction both times so was able to plan it all, which was perfect for me. Even though mum is just 5 mins away, neither DH or I would have coped well with a stressful hospital dash!

Bubblysqueak Mon 13-Nov-17 14:28:26

My husband was called on at 10pm at night when ndn went into labour. The grandparents were an hour and a half away so he sat and babysat til they were able to get there. If you are friendly with yours it's worth a chat.

NapQueen Mon 13-Nov-17 14:29:59

Much! Labour with dc1 24 hours, with 7 of that "active labour".

Dc2 4.5h labour, active labour 21mins.

Taffeta Mon 13-Nov-17 14:32:42

First 36 hours, second less than an hour.

Would’ve been sooner but crossed legs waiting for PIL to arrive at 1am to look after eldest. Had DD within 4 minutes of arriving at hospital. It was a bit of a struggle to walk to the maternity ward but couldn’t sit down in wheelchair as DD was crowning grin

Amatree Mon 13-Nov-17 14:37:01

I'm wondering about this. 93 hours of contractions for my first baby, with 29 hours in the delivery room...not sure how we would handle childcare if we have another!!

user1485778793 Mon 13-Nov-17 21:37:36

I had induction for my first. Took 4 days to be able to break waters at 4pm. Baby born at 10pm, contractions started with pictocin at about 9.30, no one checked me till I said I could feel him coming out, he was, 4 pushes later he popped out.

Defiantly want the same again with this one.

clarebear1983 Mon 13-Nov-17 21:41:47

Jesus, this thread is terrifying. My first labour was 1.5 hours....26 weeks pregnant with my 2nd. Looks like baby number 2 will be born in the car shock

TwitterQueen1 Mon 13-Nov-17 21:42:58

Er... yes. If I would were you I would be prepared for a home / car / ambulance birth! Sorry, don't want to worry you but since your 1st was quick and early the likelihood is that your 2nd will be even quicker and easier. Don't worry about it.

my 1st was 36 hours and required everything under the sun except C section. 2nd was under 4 hours, only just made it to hospital. No assistance, no drugs, no bother (smile).

clarrylove Mon 13-Nov-17 21:44:27

My first labour was 1hr and relatively easy. Second time round, they told me I had to prepare for a home birth and left kit at my home. In the end my second labour was 4hrs and much more painful.

EllenJanethickerknickers Mon 13-Nov-17 21:47:25

Mine got quicker. 8 hours and forceps for DS1, 4 hours for DS2 and 20 mins for DS3, and no, didn't make it to hospital with him. grin

userwithgreycats Mon 13-Nov-17 21:54:25

First: 8 hours

Second: 4 hours

We got a grandparent to stay with us, I must have known as I gave birth the day after they came to stay haha

AGnu Mon 13-Nov-17 22:03:48

DC1 was 8h, DC2 was 6h... Sometime in the next 3 weeks I'll be able to tell you how long DC3 takes!

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