Exciting times! You're having a head start which I'm guessing was pain free too? You may even make it to 4cm, making you in active labour without knowing *fingers crossed*.
Second time is so much easier to handle, due to 'knowing what to expect' pain wise and action plans so to speak. After only experiencing 80% of labour previously, you have covered the hardest part Pushing stage is tiring, but as long as you listen to your doula, you will do great. Getting baby out and on you makes everything else around disappear and the birth of the placenta is a breeze (I never even felt mine coming out - maybe that was down to me having an episiotomy the size of the Grand Canyon )
Jokes aside, be as calm as possible, and spend as much time as you can in the place where you feel most comfortable. Tell your current MW if you want when you go into labour, and she can give you advice depending on your circumstances (timings of contractions etc). I was advised to go straight up to maternity ward, but I didn't feel ready. My contractions were every 5 minutes lasting for 1 minute: 2am-10am. Then they suddenly turned to every 1-2 minutes lasting for 2.5 minutes - right until I gave birth 10 hours later.
Thanks for all your advice. I had my little girl. I went into labor two weeks early at 2am. The contractions became unbearably painful by 3:30am. At 6:30 we dropped my son off to childcare. We made it to hospital by 7:15. My water broke in er waiting room and I dialated super fast. 40 minutes of pushing. By 10am I was holding my little girl.
I did havery a second degree tear but other than that no complications. I'm so happy I was able to have a successful vbac.
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