Post # 1
Just curious- Did you find your labor and birth easier or more difficult the second (or third/fourth/etc) time than the first time? Feel free to share any contributing factors or issues you think influenced the difference (if any) between labors and births.
Post # 2
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
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
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
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 # 6
urchin: I’m in the same boat… my first birth was uncomplicated and not terribly long, so I am a bit apprehensive about things going any less smoothly!
Post # 7
- 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.