BTDT: How Long was Labor?

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Registered: 09-08-2007
BTDT: How Long was Labor?
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Fri, 10-22-2010 - 11:27am

For people who went into labor on their own . . .

What was your first indication that you were in early labor or that labor might start soon? What day/time was it then?

How long was it before you had more regular contractions and would have considered yourself in "active labor"? What day/time was it then?

How long was it before you were in transition/getting ready to push?

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Fri, 10-29-2010 - 1:16pm

Yeah thanks for all the info, guys!

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Sun, 10-31-2010 - 12:39pm

Dude, I know!! You'll probably be fine...everyone at the hospital was in shock at the speed and they kept telling me I was extremely rare for a first-time mom. Hopefully everyone gets there for you!

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Registered: 04-22-2006
Mon, 11-01-2010 - 9:47am

I'm a bit late on this, but thought I'd chime in.

What was your first indication that you were in early labor or that labor might start soon? What day/time was it then? My water broke at about 2pm. I actually didn't know if it was my water breaking, but (TMI alert) after sitting on the toilet leaking (not being able to stop it) for a while, I figured it wasn't urine!

How long was it before you had more regular contractions and would have considered yourself in "active labor"? What day/time was it then? About 30 minutes later I was having regular contractions about 3-4 minutes apart.

How long was it before you were in transition/getting ready to push? Once we got to the hospital, they checked my cervix and it was 8 cm dilated. I *think* that was at about 4pm. We then moved into the delivery room.

How long was your pushing stage? I seriously don't remember, since my labour was so quick and everything was a blur. I do remember the midwives asking if I felt the need to push, and we had been in the delivery room for a bit before I actually felt ready.





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Registered: 03-29-2008
Mon, 11-01-2010 - 4:29pm
Erin- I am jealous! Short and painful has got to be better than long and painful! LOL

-Suzie :)

 

 

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Mon, 11-01-2010 - 5:15pm
I'd agree with that Suzie :D :D
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Mon, 11-01-2010 - 7:48pm

While I certainly won't complain about being done quickly, I will also agree with Alyssa and her midwives! My doula (who didn't make it to the delivery) told me exactly the same thing--people will say how lucky you are, but it really is a shock to the system to go that fast!

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Registered: 12-23-2003
Tue, 11-02-2010 - 2:49am

Oh I don't doubt that having a fast labor is very, very intense and not at all easy!! My midwives also told me that quick labors can be pretty stressful which I can completely understand.

But if it is between 4-6 super intense difficult hours or 26 hours 20+ of which were really intense and hard and 6 of which were super low key- I would still prefer the quick to the long:)

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Tue, 11-02-2010 - 2:46pm

Yeah, I don't think I would trade mine for a longer labor. I got over the shock! :smileywink: I am a little worried for number two though, since the second usually goes quicker. Yikes!

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Registered: 02-16-2008
Tue, 11-02-2010 - 4:02pm

My doctor told me that I probably shouldn't waste any time getting to the hospital next time, with a 6.5 hour labor, 1.5 hours of which I was pushing. I can't imagine a labor as short as your's was!

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Tue, 11-02-2010 - 11:21pm

My mom's labor with my (older) sister was long, and they even gave her pitocin to move things along.

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