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Is it just as hard and long delivering baby #2?

I am on baby number 2, but it has been almost 6 years since I had my first child. I am afraid that I will be in labor for over 18 hours and pushing all night again. Is it easier the second time around?
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replied March 28th, 2008
oh wow, we're on the same track..and just as curious as you are.I feel like this my first pregnancy and worried about labor and delivery..When is your due? I'm on my 34th week.
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replied May 25th, 2008
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Re: Is it just as hard and long delivering baby #2?
scared again wrote:
I am on baby number 2, but it has been almost 6 years since I had my first child. I am afraid that I will be in labor for over 18 hours and pushing all night again. Is it easier the second time around?


Hey there,
They say the second one is usually quicker.

harmony xo Razz
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replied May 25th, 2008
I had my second baby last May 9..And I had 27 hours of labor because i was induced..
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replied July 1st, 2008
i have heard the second time around is A LOT easier. If you think about it, your uterus, cervix, hips and vagina have already had a baby pass through. Even if its been 6 years it will be easier on your body bc its already happened!!
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replied July 8th, 2008
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It all depends. If the baby is larger or in distress, it could take longer. 16 hours of labor for my first child, 3 days for my daughter. I was induced with my daughter because of PROM (premature rupture of membranes) and they at first unsucessfully attempted to stop my labor with that nasty mag sulfate and some other drug that starts with a t. When that didn't work, they did an amnioinfusion and proceeded with pitocin because my daughter went into distress. It took a long time for the pit to kick in but the actual delivery itself (pushing) took only 6 minutes. It just all depends, however as a general rule, barring complications, it usually is easier the second time around.
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replied July 10th, 2008
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Yes, Harmony is right. After the first, it usually is somewhat quicker. I depends on so many different aspects of the pregnancy itself. All in all, I have found it to be more of a myth because every baby is diffent, size, the way it is laying in the birth canal. How much more it weighs then then others. I do know that mine were alost easier then the first. So, I also am apt to say yes. As the uterus grows from the first. It is much more ready to handle the second and third. Although, my first was an easy birth also.
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