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I had a precipitous birth with my second child - less than an hour from my first twinge to her birth. It was very traumatic, unexpected and painful. My question is, if I consider getting pregnant again what are the chances I will have a similar birth? What is the cause of such a precipitous labor/birth? I have read that it could be cause by or lead to a weakening of the cervix. My fear is that I will either go into premature labor because of a weakened cervix or I will have another birth (which I suffered PTSD from). My first child's birth was "normal", took about 10 hours and I had an epidural.

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replied July 28th, 2011
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Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. I can understand your concern for the precipitous birth and indeed it is associated with a very fast labor can be very painful, and the pace at which the labor proceeds leaves no time to administer pain relief.

It can be due to large pelvis and small, well positioned baby, strong contractions and too much of medication like pitocin (for labor induction). Unfortunately if there is a precipitous labor earlier, it raises the possibility of another precipitous labor but it not 100% in every case.

Cervix comes to its normal size after delivery and is not weakened.

To prevent it, ensure that you receive good prenatal care and eat a healthy diet and apart from that nothing else as preventive measure can be done.

I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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