Im in the same boat. I had to be induced with #1 (low/no fluid). 22 hours later I "needed" a csection.
With #2, I went about my business all day long, never felt ANYTHING that alerted me that labor may be starting. Water broke and everything went 0-60 instantly. Contractions started with 2 minutes and they were barely 90 seconds apart. A whopping 1 hour 23 minutes later he was out.
Im terrified that this labor will be even faster (we got to the hospital and 12 minutes later #2 was born). Im fully expecting it to be fast again. My husband and I decided that we will more than likely just call for an ambulance the second my water breaks, just to be safe.
1st was 48 hours of regular contractions 8 hrs active labour.
2nd was induced with 6 hours of regular contractions then just 13 mins active labour (yes you read that right) 10 mins going from 3cm-10cm!!!! Followed by just 2 small pushes recorded as 3 minutes!!!!!
So naturally when I discovered last week that I am pregnant with number 3 my first thoughts are of course do I need to plan a home birth! Not sure if the induction had anything to do with it but if active labour is quicker with 3rd I'm completely screwed!
Good question! I am also pregnant with my third and wondering how long labour will be. First was 26 hours, second 14 hours...so should I hope for a 7 hour labour?? Which, let's be honest, I'd be thrilled about! Hope others will chime in
I've thought about this as well. I have heard many accounts where subsequent labors are generously shorter than previous ones. Considering my first started with broken waters (and weeks of prodomal labor and being 2-3 cm dilated) and was born 6 hrs later, I think next time I should try for a homebirth and not risk a car/bathroom baby. Was only in "active" labor for about 2 hrs, went from 4-9.5 cm in 75 min !!
First labour - 10 days over due. 18 hours active labour and ventouse delivery
Second labour - 37+2 with 3 minutes active labour!
Third labour - 34+4 weeks. Waters broke and was examined. Cervix was posterior and only 1cm dilated. Mild contractions continued but I wasn't checked for dilatation again. 3 hours later I felt sudden pressure and within 5 minutes I had delivered.
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