2nd time mums and labour

(23 Posts)
mydogmike Wed 23-Sep-20 23:01:55

How long was your labour with your second child?

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LindziLouLaBelle Wed 23-Sep-20 23:12:04

5 hrs

icode Wed 23-Sep-20 23:13:57

6 hours. But was induced by drip.

CostaCosta Wed 23-Sep-20 23:24:45


Gerdticker Wed 23-Sep-20 23:27:54

I’m told it’s typically about half the length of your first?

JustAddCoffee91 Wed 23-Sep-20 23:32:50

3 hours from the first contraction... my 1st was about 21 hours

FriedasCarLoad Wed 23-Sep-20 23:42:10

First was 8 hours and a homebirth. Second was 28 hours ending in an EMCS.

Sorry, I know it's not an encouraging story, but I think it's better to know this happens. I'd been so reassured that second labours were easier and usually half the time, that my experience left me shocked.


cryptonaut Thu 24-Sep-20 13:44:57

@FriedasCarLoad this doesn't fill me with hope! My first was 42 hours from waters breaking, 22 hours of which was established labour, ending up with forceps (narrowly avoiding EMCS). Really hoping that second will be much quicker!

unmarkedbythat Thu 24-Sep-20 13:47:33

2 hours 45 minutes. In total, 15 minutes longer than with my first, but the second stage was just 4 minutes compared to 75 minutes first time round! Best birth of all of them for me.

babychange12 Thu 24-Sep-20 13:49:53

Too fast! He ended up born in the car park 🤣

itshappened Thu 24-Sep-20 14:06:05

First was 48 hrs and second over 55hrs.... But I know that is extremely unusual so shouldn't be cause for concern for you. for some reason my waters never break naturally so I end up with very a long active labour and it takes hours for my body to progress from 9cms dilated. Lucky me!

Wowcherarestalkingme Thu 24-Sep-20 14:07:03

45 minutes

FolkSongSweet Thu 24-Sep-20 14:08:52

@FriedasCarLoad that’s quite a scary thought! Do you know why your second one was longer? Was the baby big/back to back/in a weird position? I’m aiming for a home birth after a quick and straightforward first birth, but worried this could happen to me.

Thesnowfellfast Thu 24-Sep-20 14:11:53

Induced at midnight, was at 6cm by 6am, delivered baby after 3 pushes at 07.49.

mumof1babe Thu 24-Sep-20 14:13:39

3 hours. 40 of active labour and 4 mins pushing. First labour 8 hours exactly from waters breaking and about 15 mins of pushing

Comfortablycrazy Thu 24-Sep-20 14:19:31

First was 4 hours from first contraction to birth (hospital, waterbirth) and second was 7 hours from first contraction to birth (breech homebirth)

Mummapenguin20 Thu 24-Sep-20 14:23:00

1st 4 hours
2nd 7 mins from first contraction 3 pushes
3rd 45 mins 2 pushes xx

ohdearymemumof3 Thu 24-Sep-20 19:47:54

1st 8hrs
2nd 3hrs
3rd 2hrs 40mins

Gerdticker Thu 24-Sep-20 20:39:18


Oh my gosh I HAVE to know more!

Your second labour - please, tell the story?! Extraordinary! Are we talking 7 mins active labour, or from first twinge?

(My first was 4 hrs ish too, so you’ve got me panicking my baby could pop out in the next ten minutes grin

Mummapenguin20 Thu 24-Sep-20 20:52:38

My waters went wednesday morning. Friday they wanted to induce me i wasnt keen so i was allowed to spend the day walking hospital grounds, i got to a delivery room at 6pm to be induced but was fully dilated so opted for the waiting game on a monitor 630 first contraction i said i felt that next one i said i need to push next i pushed head out pushed again she was here. She was 6lb and is perfect xx

Mummapenguin20 Thu 24-Sep-20 20:53:31

She arrived 637 x

sarahc336 Thu 24-Sep-20 20:58:05

Wow @Mummapenguin20 gringrin

Mummapenguin20 Thu 24-Sep-20 21:30:08

I was petrifed my 3rd was gunna be quickerand i wouldnt get to hospital. X

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