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31/05/2013 at 21:11
I can't believe how different this pregnancy has been. Not only did I have a pretty easy ride last time and am really struggling to do anything other than the school run this time but other things are so different.
Last pregnancy being in the bath gave me instant relief from discomfort, this time it does absolutely nothing for me. I couldn't understand lat time why people didn't want waterbirths as it just seemed it would offer so much relief. This time it does nothing for me at all.
Last time I had a few braxton hicks towards the very end, ie post 40 weeks. This time I have been having what feel like proper contractions for the last few weeks. Not all the time obviously but the odd few every few days which are really painful and take my breath away.
This has led me to wonder about how different second births would be. So, was yours really different ? With Zoe I was in labour for 24 hrs, is it true from your experience that second births are quicker, and if so how much quicker ?
31/05/2013 at 21:22
All 3 of my pregnancies have been almost identical.
Labour - 1st time I was induced at +10 but had a reasonably quick labour, around 6 or 7 hours I think
2nd time I went into spontaneous labour at +5, straight into contractions every couple of minutes, was 5cm I think when I went to the hospital and fully dilated about 3 hours later so it was very quick
I'm hoping to be induced this time around my due date but fingers crossed it's another quick labour
Oh god yes, pregnancies were very different - I think mostly because second time round I had a preschooler to run around after so couldn't take time to look after myself.
Labours were VERY different too - first time round was 3 days of contractions, back to back baby, failed epidural, long second stage, PPH, feeding issues (too much weight loss), a week in hospital, etc.
Second time round was a chilled water birth, gave birth within 2 hours of arriving at hospital and discharged 12 hours later. Still had feeding issues (due to PTT) but knew the questions to ask and how bolshy you have to be to get support. MUCH easier, despite the complication of having a child already.
(also wanted to ask you if you had made any decisions re childcare etc - I would still recommend a doula as a brilliant 'extra pair of hands' to be there with you should your H have to be with Z)
31/05/2013 at 21:27
Mine were both straighforward enought labours. Induced.with Aaron and was 4.5 hours. Didnt have contraction with aphoebe until 5cm and she was about a 5.5hr labour
31/05/2013 at 21:29
My pregnancies and labour were SO different.
Easy pregnancy with C - didn't find out I was pg until 16 weeks, had him at 27 weeks. Nice short pregnancy, no symptoms. From first contraction to birth, 33 hours. Ended in emergency CS. No skin to skin, baby whisked off to a hospital 40 miles away.
Second pregnancy - symptom after symptom. Passing out, usual pregnancy delights of insomnia, heartburn, piles... From first contraction to birth, 28 hours. VBAC, delivered on to my tummy.
My pregnancy was pretty easy though, even with having another child to look after. After having C so early, I actually liked my symptoms during my second pregnancy.
31/05/2013 at 22:00
As we have just decided to start ttc #2 i've been thinking about this a lot. I had awful SPD with P and barely ate anything until 16/17 weeks. I couldn't eat tomato based food or any kind of meat the entire pregnancy. I have a 55 hour labour although a very quick last stage (she was back to back) went from not dilated to birth in 4 hours in the end. All these things keep whirling around in my mind. I guess my main concern now is that i have P to look after too and i'm worried about being immobile/sick etc and it ruining my last months of just her.
Watch this space to find out i guess!!
31/05/2013 at 22:30
So far this pregnancy has been as straightforward as the last. I was slightly more sick last time, but suffered from migraines more this time.
I'm starting to feel the weight and strain from this bump more now, whereas I don't think I did until well into 3rd tri last time, but then I wasn't trying to squeeze through tiny gaps and climb up slides at soft play with a 2 year old then.
I'm getting a bigger *** this time but I think that's due to me religiously doing squats, lunges and 60 lengths of the pool a week last time.
Labour wise, I'd be happy enough with the same labour but it would be nice to avoid a section at the end! I've been told that if this one isn't back to back to expect a much quicker labour. Not getting my hopes up too much though!
01/06/2013 at 00:06
Sickness etc has been the same.
One thing I noticed today was that I still have my rings on, which I definitely couldn't at this stage with M.
01/06/2013 at 02:02
Pregnancy wise quite similar- bad ms with no 1, full on hyper emesis with no 2.
Main differences are largely down to fact no 1 was so early so I didn't get to the huge tired size.
Labour wise- no 1 was contracting 36 hours before anyone believed me, pushed for 20 mins, back to back but only 4lb3
No 2- induced at term. First stage 5 1/2 hours, pushed for over 2 hours, back to back again, forceps delivery in theatre, 11lb2
So I suppose if you take out the size difference it could've been similar!
01/06/2013 at 06:16
Mine were quite different. 1st time I was throwing up every morning until 16 weeks, had spd and struggled to walk in the last monthbut apart from that not much else. 2nd time I felt nauseous more than actually sick and it went on all day and night until I was 16 weeks. Had terrible back ache and could only walk very slowly for about half an hour, if that, before needing to rest. I felt so rubbish and moody the whole time because of it and I couldn't do much with N which was horrible. I couldn't wait to have the baby and get back to normal.
02/06/2013 at 09:17
My pregnancies have been carbon copies of each other, except that I think I'm struggling with mobility A LOT earlier this time round but I am putting that down to age. Either that or I'm misrembering from first time.
02/06/2013 at 09:27
Rather like CV, my pregnancies have all been very similar. I've been lucky to avoid sickness and have had largely easy pregnancies. I'm far more tired this time, but that's to be expected with two very active boys but have escaped the pain from my old appendix scar mostly this time, whereas I was on codeine last time at this stage due to the pain.
02/06/2013 at 10:11
I found my second pregnancy easier in some respects. I didn't have time to dwell on how rubbish I felt because I was running around after big A. However, by 30 weeks I was feeling it due to my size and I had stopped work. The last 9 weeks were a slog and I struggled to keep mobile. The twins birth was relatively straightforward though and very quick (1 hour 43 from start to finish for two babies!) compared to the 2 day effort with big A. Emotionally i think i was in denial about the second pregnancy and just let it happen to me (if that makes sense) and didn't really compute that mega bump meant two actual babies until after they arrived.
02/06/2013 at 12:10
With Lucas Nd William I was so sick, had no energy etc. with Isaac I bled till 18 weeks but then felt fantastic, I had loads of energy and played football with L the day before I went into labour. Lucas and Isaac were sections but recovery was much better with Isaac x
02/06/2013 at 21:45
Both pregnancies were exactly the same.
#1- Was induced at 40+12, 3 lots of pessaries, over 24hrs. Was in slow labour for 24hrs. Once waters went was quite fast- had mecconium in water so monitored. Was very tired and was falling asleep between contractions. Took an hour to push out-3hrs 45 mins from waters going. Born at 40 +14 - though was told she was not as far along as that as she still had vernix on her.
#2 Went into spontaneous labour at 40+3. Woke up and took E to swimming lesson at 10am, no sign of labour, 90 mins later realised was niggling, was manageable all day and then waters went at 8.30pm, was 4cm @ 9.30/9.45pm he was born at 10.53pm after 3 mins of pushing. Water birth. The water did not ease the pain but I would do it again.
02/06/2013 at 22:30
Almost indentical pregnancies both times - very similar births too although no 2 was much quicker (No 1 about 11 hours from nothing to giving birth, no 2 about 4 hours)
03/06/2013 at 08:51
With B I had no symptoms apart from slightly sore breasts until 11 weeks, then it was still all straightforward apart from the odd bout of sickness.
This time the nausea has been horrendous, boobs are so painful, overwhelming fatigue and hormones out of control! Completely different. I haven't enjoyed it as much but I needed the symptoms to put my mind at ease this time iyswim.
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