How far along were you when you went into labor with your first baby?

posted 1 year ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

First of all, Congrats!!

With my first, I was 27 (about to turn 28) and delivered at 38+5.  Natural vaginal delivery.  23 hour labor (from 1st contraction to birth, but only 3 1/2 hours from water breaking to birth).

With my 2nd, I was 29 (about to turn 30) and delivered at 39+1, Also natural vaginal delivery. No early labor this time. My water broke, contractions started immediately 5 minutes apart and baby girl was born 4 hours later. 

Post # 3
935 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

So my experience isnt “normal”.

First baby I went into labor/water broke at 29 weeks 3 days, he was born at 29 weeks 5 days. Spent 6 weeks in NICU and is now a healthy 16 year old taller than me. First few years he was pretty sick though and hospitalized a lot.

Second baby went into labor and water broke around 30 weeks, spent about 2 weeks in the hospital and she was born at 32.5 weeks. She spent 2 weeks in NICU and although small… she was otherwise healthy and shes now an athletic almost 10 year old.

Fiance and I are planning to TTC late summer/early fall with what will be my/our last baby. Hoping that with a lot less stress that I’ll be able to carry somewhat closer to term with this one.

Post # 4
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I was 33 when I had my baby and FINALLY went into labour at 42 weeks. It was 39 hours of unmedicated back labour (baby was sunny side up and had his head untucked so the labour kept stalling but I was still having active labour contractions). Around 36 hours into the labour, I had a placental abruption. I was still able to have a vaginal birth in the end because despite the long labour and the abruption, baby didn’t go into distress. The recovery was brutal because I hadn’t slept in 3 days, was exhausted from the long labour and the blood loss, had a pretty bad tear from “purple pushing” and then was suddenly responsible for a newborn. In hindsight, I wish I had asked to stay overnight at the hospital so I could get some sleep.

I’m sure your labour and birth will go fine – most people’s do. You’ll mostly hear from people who had a difficult experience (like me haha)…but please keep in mind that the majority of people DO have an uncomplicated birth. I repeat: The odds are in your favor that it will be a nice, uncomplicated birth experience! Try to go into your birth with confidence, because no matter what happens you will handle it like a boss.

Post # 5
9527 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

#1 induced at 36+4, vaginal birth

#2 induced at 40+6, vaginal birth

Post # 6
4113 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

#1 – I was 39. Water broke at 36+5. Vaginal delivery. Baby was born after about 12 hours, 2 hours of pushing. 

#2 – I was 41. Had contrations and went in at 38 weeks exactly. Total time from deciding we should go to the hospital until baby showed up was just under 5 hours. This time I pushed for 15 minutes and baby was out. 

Post # 7
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

With baby #1 I was 40weeks 6 days along when he was born. I’m exactly 41 weeks today with baby #2 and have no idea what this guy is thinking but he seems to be in no hurry at all. May end up being induced on Monday if things don’t progress over the weekend

Post # 8
7557 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I was 33 when I had my first…water broke at 38+6 and baby born vaginally about 10 hrs later (needed pitocin to speed things along). 

Post # 9
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Bell Tower on 34th

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MrsGirlyGirl : Congrats on your coming little one!

I was induced with my 15 month old son at 38 weeks exactly (I was 27) because of toxemia (pre-eclampsia minus the protein in the urine)  Induction started at 7 pm ish with cervadil, pitocin started at 9 am next day, delivered vaginally at 11:45 pm that evening.  Overall, I would say that my induction delivery was great!  I was very nervous about being induced but I wasn’t given a choice as my blood pressure was around 165/110.  No bueno.  They had to give me a terrible anti-seizure medicine that made my arm burn for weeks where the IV was.  The epidural was glorious though and made for a relatively easy birth!  I’m hoping next time I won’t replicate the high blood pressure but it usually does repeat itself.  Oh well; a healthy baby came from it!

Best of luck to you and wishing you a happy and healthy delivery and baby! 🙂



Post # 10
9530 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

29, water broke out of the blue at 38+3, LO was born at 38+5, natural birth. 

I was born about a month early and my mom nearly 2 months early. Not sure if that had anything at all to do with anything, but I think it’s interesting 🤷‍♀️

Post # 11
10599 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I was induced at 40 weeks. No signs of labor – so I had the option. 

Post # 12
915 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I went into preterm labor at 22 weeks, then constant contractions until 36/37 weeks when I had a c-section due to plancetal abruption. Not typical at all. I have had several friends who went into labor between 38-39 weeks with their first even though people say first babies usually come late. 

ETA: I was 24, also had mild preeclampsia that went undiagnosed, hence the abruption (likely). 

Post # 14
9065 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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MrsGirlyGirl :  37.5 weeks and my baby practically fell out of me. I was 32 and had an unmedicated vaginal delivery. 

Post # 15
2485 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

My son, I was 22 and was induced at exactly 36 weeks due to preeclampsia. Was in labor for probably about 8 hours, got to 5 cm and called for the epidural, had an issue with my epidural causing me to completely loose conciousness and had an emergency c-section. He spent about 1.5 weeks in the NICU but is now a perfectly healthy almost 5 year old.  

Currently 32 weeks pregnant with my 2nd (and i’m 27 now), have a scheduled c-section for 39 weeks.

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