C.M. asks from New Baden, IL on July 30, 2009
For Those of You Who Have 2+ Kids
My mother had my brother 2 weeks early, me 6 weeks early and my sister 1 week early. Does this affect how I'll deliver (I wonder). Also, someone asked if my doctor was planning on induction this time since I was 'high risk' last time...I haven't asked him but I doubt it because I wasn't technically high risk as my score was 1 pt below what it was needed to be considered 'pre-eclampsia'.
I know each labor/delivery is different and there is no telling that your second or subsequent pregnancy will be like the previous one...but I have to ask.........How many of you delivered EARLIER than your due date with your second (or subsequent) child? I delivered my daughter 1 week early (by induction because I was in danger of having pre-eclampsia). I just wonder what the chances are I will deliver this one early too? I am not really looking for an 'answer' but more I'm looking for your story!!
Also, I had a fairly easy (7 hours/epidural) with my first. I'm nervous that because it was so easy, this one will be super hard, the epidural won't take, I'll have to have a C-Section, etc....What are your experiencees with your second labor/delivery? Was it easier, harder, the same?
K.B. answers from Kansas City on July 31, 2009
The second delivery was so much easier. Even my doctor said that when he first started delivering babies 25 years ago, that all his patients were first time moms, and it was miserable for him. Labors were long. He even considered quitting. But within two years his first time moms were coming back to deliver their second babies, and he was amazed at how fast and easy the labor was.
S.D. answers from Topeka on July 30, 2009
I delivered all my children fullterm and naturally,my son 6 hrs,daughter 45 min.,daughter 30 min.I had no medical issues during my pregnancies.
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J.S. answers from Springfield on July 30, 2009
My first child was a week early, and my second was two weeks early. The actual labor time was about the same, but my second labor was almost pain-free until it was time to push, which sure was nice! (Of course, he came out sideways after being stuck for two hours, so that was payback, heh.) The epi didn't take with the second one, but it was different hospitals, etc. Good luck to you!!
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H.L. answers from St. Louis on July 31, 2009
For me, I was enduced on my due date with my first because the doc was worried on her getting too big. He thought she already weighted 9lbs. (boy he was wrong!) My 2nd one, OMG! she came a week early. Fast Labor...water broke, contractions started and delivered in 2hrs! So precautions were done for my 3rd. Contractions started 4 days past due date. Took a while for them to get closer together. Of course I went to the hospital right away, and they didn't want to send me home because of #2 and I live 15min from hospital. So I hung aroung...After lots of walking and hours later, we decided to jump on the potossin. All was over then! Can't wait to see what happens with #4.(10wks preg) My theroy is the baby will come when it's ready. Be prepared 2wks before (or earlier) and let nature take it's course. As you can tell in my case, every labor is different. The best of luck to you! ~H.
D.F. answers from Topeka on July 31, 2009
I'll try and be brief, but my story is that I have three daughters, born in 1983, 1985, and 1988. Their birth stories are very different and the due dates versus their actual births are also all different - one of each! "Early", On-time, and Late!! It was extremely easy for me to conceive, too, and the births got shorter each time for some reason. My first baby was due on March 14 and she was born on March 14, just as the dr. said - although he said she'd be a boy! 8-) My labor with her started around 5-6am on a Sunday, but it was mild then. The harder contractions didn't begin for about 12 hours, when the dr. said to come to the hospital. It took a long time to dilate, but was starting to get somewhere with that around 2-3 am on the 14th. About 4am, my husband had been waiting to use the bathroom so he stepped out of the room. Just as he left, my water broke and our first baby was born at 4:31am - yes, he made it back in plenty of time to watch!
Baby #2 is a completely different story! She was due on July 10 but was evidently too comfortable and just plain not ready to make her appearance yet! She wasn't born until July 24 - (just turned 24 last week!) - and my labor was induced around noon, then she was born at 7:29pm.
Our third daughter's due date was February 22nd. On the 18th, I called in to work sick with a bad cold, but when I woke up on the 19th - I knew I was in the beginning stages of labor, so I called in sick again - but told them I was heading to the hospital to have a baby! So this one was 3 days 'early'. The kicker is that when we got to the hospital and they checked me out, the nurses decided that I didn't need to be there yet and sent me back home! This was my third child and I knew what was happening, but I didn't have much of a choice. I called my doctor after I got home and he said to meet him at the hospital around noon (again) and we'd get the party started! So that's what we did, and he induced my labor to get things going a little faster. She was born at 3:12pm that day, so the nurses that were there earlier in the day were WRONG!! This baby was born with Down Syndrome, but that really didn't have anything to do with the fact that she was born before her due date. It's just an interesting fact.
Also, my babies weights were (respectively) 6 lbs. 10 oz., 8 lbs. 9 oz. (the late one was the biggest!), and 6 lbs. 14 oz.
See? You're right! Everyone's got a story(ies) and each pregnancy is different, even if it's in small ways. None of my pregnancies turned out as I had thought they would, at all - but I'm grateful for the 3 beautiful, healthy little girls that I had, and that now they are all grown women who have blessed me with 6 grandchildren!
May God bless you, too!!
R.L. answers from St. Louis on July 31, 2009
I had four children. For me each delivery was a little different, but all my kids were late except the one induced! Each pregnancy/delivery is unique, just as each child is. I'm sure you'll do fine though.
M.W. answers from Columbia on July 31, 2009
Hi C.. My second delivery was wonderful. After going through 13 hrs of labor with my first and having a 3rd degree rip, I was apprehensive about my second delivery. But there was no need to be. I did have to be induced with my second - he was due on May 17 and we induced on the 19th. After the dr. broke my water, my husband and I walked the halls for 2 hours. I had mild contractions and nothing consistent. I then told my husband and parents to go eat lunch at noon. Five minutes later, my contractions became consistent and were 5 minutes apart. My doctor came in to check me and and I was dilated to a 6. He said, "If you're going to get an epidural, you need to do it NOW!" So I got my epidural at 1:30, and Eli was born at 3:37. Easy, easy birth. Of course, he was smaller than my first son, so that helped!
Good luck to you on your delivery. I hope everything goes smoothly and that you deliver a healthy baby.
K.O. answers from St. Louis on July 31, 2009
Hi C. - I just had my second in March and he came at the exact date as my dd (37w5d) and labor was the eact time - right about 5 hours and just as easy . . . so hang in there - don't fret~ Im sure all will be well. I thought the same thing. My labor was so quick/easy with dd that this would be grueling but it wasn't and im sure yours will be the same. WIshing you a quick/painless labor~
M.B. answers from St. Louis on August 03, 2009
Have you asked your doctor about this? I have no experience in preclamspia myself, but I was talking to a friend that had it with both babies, her doctor told her, with her second baby, shes more likely to get preclamspia earlier than the first time, which puts you more at risk for having the baby earlier. She had her 2nd baby 11 weeks early. He is 3 today and perfectly healthy. I am not trying to scare you, and I think everyone is different, but I would talk to your doctor about any concerns instead of letting strangers scare you. My doctor always did a good job calming me down, and telling me truth from facts. I suggest you have a sit down with your OB. I will pray that you dont go early. Good luck and congrats on baby!