Grads/BTDT Moms: How Long Was Your Labor?

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Registered: 08-16-2007
Grads/BTDT Moms: How Long Was Your Labor?
Sat, 11-13-2010 - 8:51pm

I am just wondering, how long was your labor?

My first was induced labor and it was about 15 hours.

My second was natural labor that lasted 12 hours from first contraction to "baby's here."

I am hoping that #3 is a little bit faster, but we'll see.

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Registered: 02-26-2010
Sun, 11-14-2010 - 9:52am

My first labor was about 7 hours.


Pregnant after Valentine's Day loss

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Registered: 03-22-2007
Sun, 11-14-2010 - 1:33pm

Mine were both inductions at 37 weeks for severe pre-e and HELLP. My first was a lot tougher because my body was not ready at all. It took around 24 hours from cervadil until delivery so overall not TOO bad. My second was around an hour and a half from them breaking my water (I was walking around 3-4cm) to her arrival. It was super fast and super intense with the pitocin and fast dilation, but it was nice and short!

Steph sig may 2009

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Registered: 09-17-2008
Sun, 11-14-2010 - 5:19pm

1st-completely natural-12 hrs

2nd-induction, otherwise natural--8 hrs

3rd-induction w/epi-5 hrs

4th-induction w/epi-3hrs

5th-induction w/epi-6 hrs (his was longer because it took a long time to get the epi and I NEED it to relax;-)

Who knows what to expect this time around? I hate to say I'm a bit disappointed because we're in a new area and the docs here don't do inductions until after 40 wks.....uggghhhh! I know many women are good with that, but me, I'm a wimp!! I love planning the induction and having everything all set up and ready. The "unknown" is too scary as it it for me!

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Registered: 05-13-2007
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 6:43am

My first was 12 hours from start to finish but had pitocin started right away. Second was my shortest at 6 hours again they did pitocin once I got to the hospital. My last was maybe my longest at around 13

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Registered: 04-06-2006
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 8:03am

Hi, I'm usually over at the Preg. over 40 board, but I thought I'd jump in here!

My first child's labor lasted approx. 9 hours. This was a totally natural unmedicated hospital birth.

My 2nd child's labor (a boy) went a lot faster, I think because my son had to be induced (for low amniotic fluid) and my body responded immediately to the drug. I think the whole thing took 3-4 hours.

With my 3rd child I didn't feel labor pains at all! My water broke a little after 11 pm and pushing came soon

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Registered: 01-24-2005
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 8:54am

Well, I'm not actually sure.