Labor & birth easier the second time than the first?

posted 2 years ago in Babies
  • poll: My subsequent labor(s) & birth(s) were:
    much easier than the first : (2 votes)
    50 %
    a little easier than the first : (1 votes)
    25 %
    about the same as the first : (1 votes)
    25 %
    a little more difficult than the first : (0 votes)
    much more difficult than the first : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    Member
    2696 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I don’t have experience yet (expecting my second in September), but statistically, second births are usually easier, quicker, less “eventful.”

    I had a relatively easy experience the first time around and I am SO hopefully it’s the same this time… part of me worries it’ll be completely the opposite: long, complicated, awful….

    Post # 3
    Member
    2713 posts
    Sugar bee

    Absolutely not – same ridiculously almost unbearable painful experience.

    However (a little bit of silver lining), the fact that I knew what to expect, it made things more tolerable in the sense of, okay, I know what contractions are like/what to expect at the hospital etc.  These details put my mind more at ease and I had a more ‘familiar’ experience. But, that pain…whoaaaaa!

    Post # 4
    Member
    2661 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    My first was an induction and took 12 hours.  My second, I was in hard labor about 45 minutes and pushed another 30 or so.  It was much easier.

    Post # 5
    Member
    6749 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I voted that both births were about the same- uncomplicated inductions with epidurals. 

    1st baby- 9 hour labor, 5 pushes.

    2nd baby- 6.5 hour labor, 2 pushes.

    I was somewhat more at ease with the second birth because I knew what to expect.

    Post # 7
    Member
    3415 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

    My first labor was 36 hours long and 2 1/2 hours of pushing.  I was in so much pain (epidural wore off) and physically and emotionally exhausted. My water broke at 6:00am and I didn’t deliver until 4:13pm the following afternoon.

    With my second pregnancy labor was 14 hours and only 4 minutes of pushing for my first twin and 5 minutes later for my second twin.  Minimal pain, and the only reason I was exhausted was because it was after midnight and almost 1:00am before I got to go to bed.

     

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