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Old Sep 2nd, 2012, 09:07 AM   1
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What was your SECOND birth like?


Was it better or worse than your first? Longer or shorter? Earlier or later (weeks of pregnancy)? Did you have more drugs or less, and why?
I'd be really interested in any and all experiences you'd like to share!



 
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Old Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:21 AM   2
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WWWAAAAYYyyyyy better

Both started naturally but 1st went slow with back to back labour, laboured in a MLU was sent to hospital after a shot of pethadine, and it was all shit from there on in.

Ignored for hours, waters broken, ignored, then synto and epidural and pushed to dilate flat on my back broken epi - agony - spinal and EMCS, needed morphine over night and the next day.

Over 24 hours active labour, 2 nights in hospital, 2 nights in the birth centre and still 2 and a half years later still hate everything about that experience.

2nd started naturally, planned homebirth. I enjoyed the labour, I made a meal, sent hubby to the pub, bathed and put my toddler to bed did a tesco online shop, ate a meal with my mum and had a bath myself.

Lovely, when ctx were a least a min long and every 3 mins we called the MW and hubby and they arrived I had my fave film on and was relaxed and coping with no pain relief.

My waters went on their own, i had a little gas and air and got to 10cm with no fuss. I did go to hospital in the end as I was bleeding more than the MW was comfortable with so I had a 40 min ambulance journey at 10cm and the urge to push started on the way LOL

It took me a lil while to get going again once I got into the delivery suite but I did everything under my own steam, maybe 9 hours of labour and just over an hour pushing.

Went home less than 12 hours later.

So yep the 2nd labour was shorter, I needed fewer drugs, coped better and had a much better experience so much so I'd do it again in an instant.



 
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Old Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:54 AM   3
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An amazing drug free home birth. Everything I wanted and more ;D Shorter than my first by half, less painful (but that im sure was state of mind) and pushing stage went from 27minutes to less than 5 (3 pushes).



 
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Old Sep 2nd, 2012, 11:04 AM   4
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It was amazing! I will be lucky to have another one like this! 4 days sooner than first, only gas & air because there was no time to get the epidural in and I'm so glad there wasn't, quicker 1/3 of my first. It was magical experiencing it all so natural and listening to my body. Much less painful too but I'm not sure if that is because I was in control.
My first was quite traumatic so I'm so so lucky to have had such a wonderful experience! Hope the third will follow suit! Good luck hun x



 
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Old Sep 2nd, 2012, 11:26 AM   5
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my second birth which occurred in december was so much easier than the first. i was 4cm when i got to the hospital at 5 pm. by 630 pm i was six centermeters and getting an epidural which is the miracle drug. by 1245am i gave three pushes and he was out. with my first i was in labor for thirteen and a half hours. I hope this pregnancy goes even faster.



 
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Old Sep 2nd, 2012, 11:40 AM   6
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Well with my first I was in labour for 3 hours & my second only 30 mins so definitely faster, my first came at 39+3 weeks & my second came at 39+6 so she was 3 days later, with my first I had gas & air & an epidural & my second just gas & air so less drugs just because I hated having the epidural, I wasn't panicking about the pain as much & knew what to expect also because I didn't have time for an epidural even if I wanted one! Lol! Over all I'd say my second was tons easier than my first xx



 
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Old Sep 2nd, 2012, 11:53 AM   7
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1 week earlier (37 weeks)....different labour and events completely.



 
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Old Sep 2nd, 2012, 12:46 PM   8
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Was it better or worse than your first? Longer or shorter? Earlier or later (weeks of pregnancy)? Did you have more drugs or less, and why?
I'd be really interested in any and all experiences you'd like to share!
My second birth was amazing..exactly how i wanted to be able to deal with labour..
My 1st labour i was induced at 2 weeks overdue..i really struggled being left alone on a ward all night..made to lay on a bed through contractions..i had gas and air,pethidine and then an epidural i also then had a forceps delivery nearly csection and alot of blood loss ans blood transfusion due to tearing my cervix..and i was induced around 10pm and had my lo 8pm the next evening..

My second howeverr..was also 2 weeks overdue..i went into labour naturally the night before i was booked for induction..my contractions started at around 3/3.30am..were very regular and strong..i stayed at home until 6.30am..was checked at around 7 am at hospital and was 9 1/2 cm dilated..put i a room at 7.10am..my waters broke..was given some gas and air but it made me loose the urge to push so i only had a few puffs..my lo was born at 7.30am with me standing to give birth and itwas just amazing..



 
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Old Sep 2nd, 2012, 13:41 PM   9
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Thank you all for sharing. Sounds like the second one really does tend to be easier so far. Good to know.



 
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Old Sep 2nd, 2012, 15:01 PM   10
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I love you ladies all sounds wonderful. I can only wish that I too will be able to post something so positive about my 2nd impending labour!!



 
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