(Closed) Every 10 lbs adds an hour to labor?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t think you have anything to worry about. Especially the part that says “10lbs you gained before and during pregnancy”.. what would you even consider your base “starting weight”? There isn’t anything scientific about the theory at all 🙂 same as the old wives tales that predict gender.

It could have a partial truth when it comes to how in shape a woman is, because they can labor and push more effectively (or so I was told by my prenantal class instructor) but even that has not guarantees.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Nana is telling you an old wives tale that they told women back in the day to scare them into not gaining weight during their pregnancy.  Second births are usually easier and quicker than first births; my little sister practically dived out of my mom.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I agree that this sounds like Old Wives Tale nonsense. It is true that being in good shape will help you during labor — but there isn’t even evidence that labor goes FASTER for women in good shape; it’s merely a little easier, just like running a marathon is easier if you’ve been training for it! I wouldn’t worry too much — just try to keep yourself in decent shape so you don’t keel over from exhaustion if labor takes a while 🙂

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hahahahaha….sorry, had to laugh at this!  I have never heard of that before, but it seems completely false.  I couldn’t even begin to think of any physiology that would actually cause that. I agree with PPs that usually the second baby is actually easier than the first, but really, there are no guarantees since every pregnancy and every baby is different.  I was my mom’s 4th baby and she did not even make it to the delivery room (they used to have separate rooms for labor and delivery back in the day I guess) before I popped out because I came so fast! 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@figgnewton:  yay! Haha my sister said the hardest part of her post-baby recovery was how sore her legs were — for DAYS — from squatting for so long without training beforehand. This was even worse than the recovery for her lady-bits! I’ll definitely be training up with some serious squats before baby comes!!!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I gained 20ish lbs during pregnancy and was in labor for about 7hrs maybe? so I’d agree with PP on old wives tale 🙂

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I say old wives tale, I gained 15-20 and was in labour for 5 hrs, pushed for 5 mins. And I am chubbier

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

“Old wives tale.”

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper

@figgnewton:  My best friend weighs around 225 pounds and from start to finish her “labor” lasted three hours. From the time she actually started pushing until he flew out (literally) was 18 minutes.

I think you will be fine.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I was in AMAZING shape with Dirty Delete1 and I had a long drawn out labor. With Dirty Delete2 i was in ok shape but honestly those months of bed rest were not to nice and it went so much faster (as in dialated to 5 to baby in hands in 30 minutes) 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

Definitely sounds like an old wives tale! My friend recently had her baby and she had a super quick labor, only a couple hours long and then pushed for only 15 mins, and I know she said she gained 40-50lbs.

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