(Closed) how long were you in labor?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Did you do it all natural or did you have medication? If you had medication what kind?

1st child – I was in labor for 3 days and had her natural. By the time I wanted something, it was too late.

2nd child – This was a hard pregnancy. I was pregnant with twins and lost the first twin during the first trimester. I was in labor with the second twin for two hours and didn’t have time for any medication.

3rd child – This was also a hard pregnancy. I was in labor almost the entire time I was pregnant, so had to be put on bedrest. I ended up having an epidural (sp) with him and he came 3 months early.

I don’t have any new baby pictures of any of them on my computer, but they are each grown now and turned out to be wonderful young adults. I am very proud of each of them.

Post # 4
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

About 36 hours, and I had an epidural around hour 30.

You are both ROCK STARS! Wow.

@noritake22: sorry for the loss of one of your babies. 🙁

Post # 5
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I was in labor about 20 hours. It was natural until the last 20 minutes because I wanted good meds to put me out of my mind since Moose was gone. I could’ve gone natural otherwise.

Post # 6
971 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I had no meds and did natural for all 4 kids.  My labours were never that bad and I probably laboured 12-ish hours.  And that’s from when contractions started.  My Dr. would always yell at me, telling me that I shouldn’t wait til the last minute to come in!  Like I want to run to the hospital at the first contraction and be stuck there for 12 hours?  I went to the hospital where I had “hard” labour and did that for 2 or 3 hours tops. 

No photos due to privacy reasons.  Sorry. 

Post # 7
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I went natural with no meds. I had a 3 hour labor, I’m told I’m really lucky!

Post # 9
1813 posts
Buzzing bee

1 kiddo – 13 hours – no meds…at 7-8 I started to lose resolved, but they told me it was too late, and I was actually RELIEVED…once I knew pushing was near, I knew I could make it (I had just been visualizing staying in that level of pain for several more hours…I went to the OB @ 5cm and was 6cm when I got to the hospital.  I liked laboring @ home, but I was SCREAMING at my hubby, who of course hadn’t finished packing my hospital bag.  (I was only 5 days early but just set stuff on top of the suitcase, so he would know where he had packed items.)  😛

Oh, and I also think if I hadn’t had a *back injury* I would’ve been a little more collected…at least that’s what I’d like to think!  Just take me as a warning story..if you have any injuries that seem OK, get them checked out ANYWAY before TTC…pregnancy is not kind to injured joints.  :O)

Post # 11
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

My whole labor was about 8.5 hours, and I got an epidural about 3 hours in. 

Post # 12
638 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

I felt my first inklings of contractions at about 5am. Barely there twinges – but noticed body changes as well. (I had no braxton hicks prior)

At 4pm I was checked into the hospital (was there for a non-stress test) at 4cm and still wasn’t sure about calling the doula because I didn’t think we’d need her for a while. At this point the contractions were minor cramps and I had a very dull lower back ache. I just wanted to get checked in so they’d get me out of the ‘triage’ room and I could relax in a tub!

Around 5:30 the contractions started gaining in intensity rapidly. I’m guessing I starting thinking “OMG!” around 6:30 and Warren was born at 8:33pm. No medications.

4.5 hours of ‘active’ labor (including transition + pushing).

11 hrs of ‘I think this may be it’ minor twinges & cramps 🙂

WT’s about 45 minutes old in this pic.

And the finished product at 5 months.

Post # 13
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

29 hours.

29 long, gruelling hours. [about 1.5 hard labour/pushing] my contractions were about 5 minutes apart for only a few hours, and that’s when I started getting ready to go to the hospital (as I had been directed by my OB since it was a first pregnancy); they were 1-2 minutes apart for the rest of the time, yet I had to be induced after 14 hours due to the concerns of the doctor.

My mom kept saying things like “oh well I had you in 13 minutes, I don’t know what is taking so long!” yeah, thanks mom, really helpful.

Post # 15
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My labor started at 7 at night, just small contractions so I was able to sleep through it. I woke up at like 5 am (which is CRAZY for me, I am NOT a morning person), and took a bath to ease contractions, then quickly cleaned up around the house and we left to the hospital at 7 am. They broke my water at 11am, and I got my epidural about an hour later. My sweet little girl was born at 7pm. =)

Here she was right after she was born,


and us 3 years later!


Post # 16
2547 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

And I thought I had along labour! 18 1/2 hours for me. I had the laughing gas, demerol, and the epidural.

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