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February 8th, 2015, 08:34 PM
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I had a c-section because my son was breech and was getting distressed. This time I want to avoid a cesarean. But just asking what did you do at home to prepare for it and long did you labor? Btw: this is baby #2
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February 8th, 2015, 08:38 PM
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This is a really good question. I'd be curious to hear from others how long they labored before their VBAC.

My first was c-section and I didn't labor at all, and I'm hoping for a VBAC, but not sure if it's likely the second one comes more quickly in my situation.

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February 17th, 2015, 02:09 PM
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my first VBAC was a typical length first time labor.

I didn't labor for more than an hour before my crash c/s.

so my first true labor (VBAC) was a little over 11 hours from first contraction to baby in my arms.

my second VBAC was induced, but my water broke before the induction. the pitocin was started about 10am. I didn't feel any contractions until 1p. they got hard about 5pm. at 5:38 he was born. so 4.5 hours.

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February 18th, 2015, 05:49 PM
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With my c section I was in labor for 11 hours before getting to 100% and 10 cm.

My VBAC was 56 hours from the start of labor. 35 of that was active labor with contractions every 2-4 mins. He was sunny side up, so I had back labor and thats also probably why it took so long. Things I did to prepare for labor: switched from an OB to a midwife, hired a doula, made a birth plan and researched what interventions I would be ok with and what I wanted to avoid (too many interventions is what most likely led to my CS), took EPO and drank RRL tea (MW suggestion), did a lot of bouncing on yoga ball to help him engaged, did many techniques from spinning babies to get him to turn (didn't work), kept active till the day I went into labor (walked a mile daily), read hypnobirthing books and practiced the breathing, mediated. Once labor started, I stayed home as long as could, did a lot of walking, ball bouncing and position changes.

All these things probably weren't necassary but I wanted to do them lol, and it didn't hurt anything since I was successful with the vbac.

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June 1st, 2015, 10:45 AM
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With my CSection I was in labor for 18 hours. My VBAC I labored for only 4 hours. All the nurses kept calling it a "fast and furious birth".
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June 2nd, 2015, 07:42 AM
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My c-section with my first child was performed before a single contraction.

My first labor was with my second child, a successful VBAC. I was in labor for 45 hours, the last two hours were pushing. I'd been up for two nights straight so I did get an epidural so I could rest for a while, and labor slowed down a bit with that, but the pitocin sped it right back up.

Although it was my second child, it was my first labor and seemed a lot more like a typical first labor among my friends. I have two other friends who labored and had c-sections with their first, and VBACs with their second, and in each case the second was definitely one of those "fast and furious" types.

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October 10th, 2017, 04:45 PM
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I've already had my baby but I wanted to add my 2 cents in case anyone is interested. I never went into labor with my first daughter, she was breech so I had a scheduled c-section. With my second daughter, I went into labor naturally and delivered after 9 hours. I walked A LOT then got an epidural and that definitely did NOT slow anything down.
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June 16th, 2018, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Dru.Plus.Two View Post
I had a c-section because my son was breech and was getting distressed. This time I want to avoid a cesarean. But just asking what did you do at home to prepare for it and long did you labor? Btw: this is baby #2
I had a C-section with my first son due to failure to progress. Fast forward a little over two years later, I get pregnant again. This time with twin boys. I knew I wanted to try for a VBAC because the recovery from a c-section is so long and brutal. Twins can be unpredictable though, so I wasnt fully confident it would work out. Thankfully, it did. I made it all the way to 38 weeks and then my doctors wanted to induce me because there is an increased risk supposedly if you go past 38 weeks with twins. I arrived at the hospital on a Wednesday morning and they started the induction with a foley bulb around 11 am. At 1:25 AM Thursday morning, baby A was born and his brother came shortly after. They were both head down and I pushed them out without any issues. So I was in labor a little over 14 hours. Way better than my first pregnancy, which was 30 hours and a horrible experience. I hope it all works out for you. The recovery is so much easier with a VBAC.
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October 20th, 2018, 02:14 AM
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Thankgoodness for this thread. I was worrying about my EDD wondering if I can get a vbac with #2 & how different it would be with #1 who I had with CS (breech). I hope I can get that fast & furious birth & a quick recovery after because I still have a 3 year old toddler who needs more care & attention compared to other children his age (speech & social delay)

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