labor with second child

Christy - posted on 06/01/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I am due on the 21st of June and am very nervous about the upcoming labor pains. I had my first child all natural...not my choice...the epideral didn't work!!! I have an extremely low tollerance for pain. I read in my baby book.."What to Expect When Your Expecting", that the second pregnancy labor may not be as long. I was wondering if any one experienced longer or shorter labor the second time? I know every time is different, but I am still curious as to what others experienced the second time around. Thanks!! :)

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Nicci - posted on 06/02/2009

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My first only took about 2 hours so my doctors were worried about me delivering at home but my second only took about 2 hours too. I feel truly blessed reading how long it took you guys. My second was much bigger then my first! My daughter 6lb 9oz and my son was my 9 pounder. It felt no different except i felt him fly down the birth canal!! You'll do fine because as far as pain you pretty much know what to expect. I think we were given the mother amnesia because only when they said it's time to push did it fly back into my head THE RING OF FIRE!!!! Just remember at the end of it all how worth it it was!! Good luck with everything. You'll do fine! As women we are tough!

Melissa - posted on 06/02/2009

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My 1st labor lasted 48 hours...ouch!!! But the 2nd time around was a breeze, 4 hours. It was very intense however it went so fast that I have no complaints!

Liza - posted on 06/01/2009

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My second was longer than my first. The pushing part though, second was WAY quicker than first. About 40 minutes of pushing the first time & less than 5 the second time.

Jessica - posted on 06/01/2009

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My first 7 hours, 2nd was 3 hours, 3rd a little under 3 hours, I was induced the 1st and 2nd time the 2nd time was my easiest and my 3rd was the strangest. The 2nd one progressed so quickly that my husband missed the birth and he was somewhat smaller, I did not tear so the next day I felt really good where is the 1st one I was sore for 2 weeks.

LaToynette - posted on 06/01/2009

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My first labor was 18 hrs and 31 mins long, then the 2nd was 18 hrs and 20 mins long,,I had read the same thing also about labor being shorter than the first time..I was induced both times also so I think thats another reason they were both kinda long..I hope you have a short labor and congrats on the new little one....

Amy - posted on 06/01/2009

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My second labour was about half as long, but my third was longer then both my first and second. They can give you something to take the edge off thats not an epideral, my last one didnt work either. If i had known i would have skipped it altogether. It goes alot faster when your water breaks. I hope you have a short labor, good luck!

Amie - posted on 06/01/2009

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My second, third and fourth time around all got shorter. With my last one coming in 5 hours after active labor started.

That being said though each pregnancy is different for pain too. With my first two I needed medication almost through out, with my third I didn't and with my last I only needed a little bit at the end.

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