How did your second labor/delivery compare with your first?

Krista - posted on 02/26/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )




I'm 38 weeks pregnant with my second child, and I'm starting to get flashbacks of the pain, and the stitches, and the forceps...and I'm starting to freak out a little! I've heard from lots of friends that the second time around wasn't as bad for them. What was your experience?


Jennifer - posted on 02/27/2011




My first, my water broke at home. By the time I got to the hosp, I was only dialated to 2cm. I desperately wanted an epidural but had to wait til I was 4cm to get one, which took for ever! I was in horrible pain except for the like 3 whole hours (out of 14) the epidural actually worked, and it took 4 hours of pushing to get him out. My second child, I was still working and my water broke at work. I really wasn't sure since it was just a tiny trickle and then it stopped, so I finished out my shift (I was an STNA in a nursing home and constantly having to do heavy lifting) I had some very minor cramping in the night, but nothing stronger than the braxton hicks I had always felt. I just happened to have an doc appt the next day, and when he checked me, I was already 5cm! 5 hours and only 1 1/2 pushes later my daughter was born!

Bonnie - posted on 02/27/2011




My first labour was nearly 10 hours long. In comparison, my second labour was induced and it was about 4.5 hours. I had a lot of back labour with my second though.

Either way it will happen no matter what. Just think that it has to happen in order to see your baby. Try not stress over it, be calm and try to relax. It will help.


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Louise - posted on 02/27/2011




My first labour was 17 hours and my second only 6 so be prepared for a quicker delivery. I did then wait 15 years until I had another baby and this ended in emergency C section so every labour is different. Your best move is to go in with an open mind and positive attitude. Just remember every contraction brings you a step closer to holding your baby. Really things are not as scary the second time around as you know what is coming. Good Luck to you. Really things are not that bad.

Kate CP - posted on 02/26/2011




Every birth is different. For me, the first one was a lot better than my second...but the second still wasn't that bad. It'll be over before you know it. And you know it'll all be worth it, too. :)

Rae - posted on 02/26/2011




My second labour was great compared to my first, my first i was a complete mess, second degree tear, forceps, baby's heart rate dropping, cord around his neck. With my second i knew what to expect, i knew i was going to be pain (im a wuss).. I worked on my breathing, tried different positions even walked up and down the yard. Although i must say the pain didnt seem so bad, probably why i left it so late to get to the hospital. I had him in 6 minutes of getting to the hospital and all drug free (which is what I wanted for my first) plus everything was a lot quicker the actual labour leading up and the delivery itself. I even went back for a third go :D lol

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 02/26/2011




For me it was better, I pretty much knew what to expect (of course there are always surprises with every pregnancy)

I went 10hr with no meds and was still at 3cm and I had not thinned, and was at a negative, so after talking with the docs and my mother and SO I decide to get a Epi for the first time, (I did all natural with my first, but I did have a shot thru the iv that made me feel loopy and niiiccee! But still felt ALLLL the pain

I was induced with my second as I was with my first, Because of low fluid levels I was induced a second time, after 3pushes, 15min in all, i was done!!

I went in on a Friday morning for a regular ultrasound check up, went home on a Monday….with our baby boy, was not prepared, did not have his bag or my bag….but it all worked out.

I plan on having number 2 in 2-5years no sooner or later!

Its natural and human to get a little scared or a lot scared, because the pain is very unforgettable (at lest subconsciously it is)

I wish you the best of luck, and don’t feel bad for need some pain meds :-D

Amanda - posted on 02/26/2011




my first labour was 3 1/2 hours and i think half my stress was fear. The pains were new, i didnt know what was normal and felt side swiped by everything. The second time around i felt more relaxed, familiar and prepared for the contractions. I was more intune with my body, recognized each stage of labour and delivered after only 1 1/2 hours of labour.

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