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I’m currently pregnant with my first child a baby girl in August. I’m curious as to how long your labor was. And any tips you can give me for my labor. Thank you :)


Posted by emilysanfead, 15th June 2014


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  • My first was 2 hours and 40 minutes, I was induced. Second I’m not sure as I can’t pinpoint exactly when it started, it was probably around 12 hours, but I only felt the last 3-4

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  • How was your labour? Hope it was a postive experience :-)

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  • I too am pregnant with my first baby, due in November. I am so worried about the whole labour process. I am actually getting anxious about it. Lets hope that we both have a decent labour. Congratulations! Best of luck.

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  • My first was 27 hours after being induced. Second 19 hours also induced. But everyone is different. My sister was 4 hours and then 3. All the best. By the way, epidurals feel like heaven, but may have made my labours longer. Having said that, I would go that way again.

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  • it really does not matter how long someone else was in labor for for as this really comes down to your body and your baby. So you really can not compare what you may have to what someone else had . Sorry hun it would be gr.eat if it worked that way but it does not. Best of luck to you and your new Bub when it arrives

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  • All so different! My first, with twins, was about eight hours – but I’d been feeling off for at least a day before I turned up and was told I was technically in labour, it was just my waters hadn’t broken. So I dunno – maybe 36 hours? My second, my waters broke but then I didn’t go into labour for a week – literally. From then it was about 24 hours. My third – again I felt off, and knew what it meant. It was only about four hours from when my waters broke, but all up I guess about 36 hours.

    Don’t worry though – for a lot of that time I was uncomfortable but not in pain.

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  • I don’t want to appear rude, so please excuse me if I offend you, but I am getting the feeling you are a little scared of the unknown. Every pregnancy and birth is different and asking for details of other mums births will possibly scare you even more at times.I was a little worried and scared at first but the way I got through it was to say to myself if child birth was so darn hard and painful there would not be as many children in the world and mums would not be going back again and again to have babies…and this helped. Now my advice is to attend classes or learn different stages of breathing for labour…although in thinking about this I did find the classes helpful but when i was experiencing later stages of contractions the sister at the hospital instructed me on how to breath and that was the only deep breathing I did and I was fine. Second tip if you have a husband, partner or friend this is the time you need them as my husband timed my contractions while I focused on my breathing as we were left on our own for long periods.
    But remember you will have help and if the pain is getting to much to bare, you just ask for pain relief.
    Now to my births my first was my daughter and I was induced around 7ish and I had contractions pretty much straight away, by 11 I was fully dilated and the nurse asked me to push, I pushed for ages and finally my gyneo told me the shoulders where turned he cut me and my daughter was born at 12.
    My second was my son and he was in rather a hurry about the same at the start as with my daughter but at the last stage the nurse asked me to hold on as my gyno was in surgery, finally my gyno came running in and all the progress started, the gyno started delivering my son but let my hubby deliver him right at the final stage.
    I had no drugs with both births and only a small amount of happy gas but much preferred to go though the stages and the delivery with breathing.
    Now finally ALL THE VERY BEST TO YOU AND BUB AND SENDING LOVE AND WISHES FOR A SAFE AND WONDERFUL BIRTH.

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  • My labour with my first was just over 6 hours. My water broke at 5am and nothing else happened until I had to be induced at 6pm, My son was born 12:25am the next morning, natural birth no drugs. My second were twins, I went into labour at 530-6pm, got to the hospital and waited for my csection until 7am the next morning because of emergency csections. Twins were born at 7:04 & 7:06am

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  • too long!! i was at home for about 12 hours in early stages of labour. Then in delivery room for 17 hours- about 8 of those hours were incredibly painful labour and 2 hours of pushing.

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