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    I'm posting up a storm today Sorry. I'm starting to get mentally prepared for this birth I guess. I was just curious what some of your experiences with subsequent births were. My mw says 90% chance this labor will be very similar to the first one, except shorter. How many of you had that experience (shorter and similar)? Anyone have a second birth that was longer or harder than the first for no apparent reason (I mean not counting some kind of complication that made it harder or longer)? Obviously I will take it as it comes, but I know deep down I have been assuming this birth will be basically the same, only possibly shorter and I'm hoping without some of the minor complications that happened during my first birth. I perhaps have not done a very good job preparing myself for things to go differently.
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    My second birh was my easiest one.
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    My second birth was slightly longer. I was tired and not feeling well (a cold I think) and asked for an epidural. That was 36 years ago!
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    I have an IRL friend whose second birth was way longer for no apparent reason.

    I'm in the same boat as you though, Maggie. Kind of expecting things to be pretty much the same except maybe faster... hope we're not jinxing ourselves!
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    I would try to get your head around this one being completely different.

    My labor with DS was a lot shorter in total, but I went through transition faster with DD (my first). With her I went from 4-8 in 15 min right after my water broke, and was pushing within the next 15. So I was determined to not ask for any drugs with my second, thinking it would be similar. Well, DS was posterior, and when I went in and they told me my water had broken and I was only at 6.....I freaked! In my mind the labor suddenly stretched out forever, and I was begging for drugs. In reality, he was still born within the hour, but just the number 6 was enough to freak me out because I had never even seen it with DD.

    I am trying really hard to wrap my brain around a long labor with this one, just so that I am more mentally prepared if it happens that way.
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    My first and second were like night and day. The first was really long and ended up needing an augment to actually make progress (and then thing moved along well). My second was spontaneous as well, but fast. 90 minutes.

    I think it is pretty safe to assume the second time will be quicker, but not necessarily easier... If that makes any sense.

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    My 1st was a c/s, pit with epi, & cut short at 26 or so hours. My 2nd (basically like a first) was 40 hours but he was prosterior. My 3rd (basically like a 2nd) was much faster at 6 hours with LO in good position.
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    Yeah, I'm starting to think positioning is pretty important. My first birth was actually pretty fast, so I'm not actually that thrilled about the idea of it going even faster. I wouldn't mind a few extra hours this time (but hopefully not TOO many more hours---that's what I'm worried about and not prepared for at all). I do think faster births tend to be more intense. But, the good news is it is over much faster. Not sure if I'd rather have a more painful, intense experience that is over fast or a more tolerable but slower process.
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    My Dr. told me last time that fast labors are actually harder on your body because it can put you into shock so it is much harder to control your reactions.
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    Both of my births were inductions with epidurals, and my first one was a twin birth while the second was a singleton. So I can't give you ANY kind of frame of reference... LOL

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