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A lot of that depends on the position of the baby. It was true for me, but my first was posterior, so I had a long labor with her (17 hours). My second was in perfect position and was born in 6.5 hours. Typically, however, I think that it does hold true simply because you're 'stretchier' down there and baby descends faster and easier. HTH!
Sara's beautiful children: Cassidy (5y) and Joel (3y 4m) and Timothy (almost 8 months)
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First was 7 hours, induced w/ pitocin.
Second was 3 hours, all natural, water broke on its own.
They said the 7 hours was rather fast for a first time and it being an induction. They expected faster with my second, but not quite that fast. They told me next time I have a baby I should get my butt in there right away so I don't have it in the car. lol.
My first took 13 hours from the first contraction to birth.
My second was induced and it took 2.5 hours 1cm -10cm.
Both times I had pitocen. My mom was the same way second was faster than the first. I hear that women take after their moms in this regard.
I was told not to wait with this one, get to the hospital immediately.
1st one 3h42min start to finish
2nd one 1 1/2 hr start to finish
3rd/4th (Twins): emergency c-sec; onset of labor was stopped but it didn't last long
5th: almost 12 hours! So, labor isn't guaranteed to be slow just because it's a first time or fast because its a 2nd or more time.
Mom to many
1 Girl 2011 and 1 Boy 2013. Their family is COMPLETE!