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Tell Mommy: How Long Were You in Labor?

The time spent in labor is often looked at as a badge of honor, but no matter how long it took to bring her bundle of joy into the world, some mamas feel entitled to bragging rights. My girlfriend is nearing her due date and has been asking everyone she knows how long their laboring process was; she's gotten answers from 30 minutes to 48 hours. If you're expecting, you'll probably hope yours will be on the shorter side, but for those who have already delivered — how long was your labor?


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TMommy TMommy 7 years
I had 28.5 hours of labor. 16.5 hours of HARD labor. 3.5 hours of pushing. I was 7 cm when I got to the hospital at 11:00 pm (stayed home for as long as I could). Lots of throwing up during transition. I thought "wow,I'm close" but I was wrong. She didn't come for another 9.5 hours! Absolutely no pain medication taken. I did get a little pitocin in the last 45 minutes because my body was so tired the contractions started to lessen and get further apart. My mid-wife experience was great--exactly what I had wanted- but labor is TERRIBLE no matter how perfectly it goes. I will say that recovery was WAY easier then I expected but they say thats what happens when you don't have pain meds. I am now expecting again and am terrified.
MaggieLei MaggieLei 8 years
7.5 hours of back labor- 15 minutes of pushing. Bradley Birth
babyfashionista babyfashionista 8 years
My first was 6 hours, second was 5 hours and third was 10 hours with the first 5 being back labor.
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 8 years
My first and only was 5 hours with only about 25 minutes of pushing and I ended up with a handsome 9lb 7.2oz baby boy.
bessa bessa 8 years
4, yes FOUR, days, ending with a c-section. Mild labor for the first day (Sunday from 4 am until about 11 pm). Then serious labor for the last 3 days. Water broke at 4am on the 4th day and ended with a c-section at 8 pm. AND NO EPIDURAL. I wanted to go natural and do a vbac (my first was a c-section because they thought she was too big). It was like a marathon...and I never got to cross the finish line. My dr. says no more labor for me. :(
Mamita Mamita 8 years
First one was 12 hours of contractions and 90 mins of pushing, no epidural, lots of vomiting!!! Second was induced at 7am and started pushing at 7pm and he was born after 15 mins of pushing, no epidural, not as much vomiting as the first time.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
about 12 hours but for the first 4-6 my contractions weren't that painful. i was GOING to forgo the epidural but in the heat of things had to get it~!!~too painful otherwise
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
My 1st and 4th I had completely natural - no epidural or anything. I had epidurals with my 2nd and 3rd though.
Mishell Mishell 8 years
45 hours before I finally had a c-section. My labor kept stopping so they would give me more drugs to start it again, then it would stop again. Turned out my baby's head was bigger than my pelvis. He never could have come out vaginally.
katedavis katedavis 8 years
I never bothered to calculate it- I was pretty loopy at the time b/c I was on codeine for days before (I had a horrible flu) and then had an epidural (the cervadil overstimulated me once it kicked in and I was having non-stop contractions). But I think I was only in labor for like 3 hours (once the cervadil kicked in) and then about a half hour of pushing (maybe?) and it all ended in a C-section because the cord was wrapped around my son's neck and he was in distress.
quivondra quivondra 8 years
oh, i had back labor with no epidural. i was vomiting.. that pain is for real.
quivondra quivondra 8 years
I was induced at 7:30pm. I went into active labor from the prostaglandins around 4am. water broke at 6:30am, she was out by 8;05am. Not bad for a first timer. My midwife thought I'd be in labor through the next evening.
KAEB06 KAEB06 8 years
17 hours with 2 1/2 of pushing. I'm hoping this next time around it won't be as long since I will labor a lot at home (where I will be much more comfortable...or as comfortable as you can get being in labor!)
tigerlily10 tigerlily10 8 years
45 hours, start to finish...but what an awesome experience!
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
12 hours with my first only to have the doc come in and say "okay well your not opening up sooo we'll do a c-section" With the second one I went straight into the surgery room.
isa56 isa56 8 years
7 hrs 6 mins
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
I felt the same about the needle too. I didnt want ANYONE messing with my spine. But after 12 hours of agonizing back labor, I finally was like okay, bring on the epidural!
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
My mom had her hardest time with the second, too. She ended up being half turned a little and the cord was shorter then normal and wrapped around her neck 3 times to boot, lol. She wasnt breathing when she was finally born, but they revived her.
jessie jessie 8 years
oh and to answer a question from above ...i didn't have a epidural with any of my kids. didn't like the thought of a needle going in my back. scared me to much at that time. they did give me one dose of whatever painkiller....all it did was make me loopy. i felt everything with all the kids.
jessie jessie 8 years
first child-10 1/2 hours second child-9 1/2 hours third child-5 1/2 hours-emergency induction due to blood pressure
buddynpumpkin buddynpumpkin 8 years
24 for the first child and 28 for the second child. I always thought the second one was supposed to be easier. Turns out that is not always the case.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I went without the epidural and I don't think the pain was horrific I also got a nubain shot which makes the pain tolerable, but trust me I could still feel them. I thought labor and delivery was a very exciting experience, and wonder what the 2nd time will be like.
redheadkimie redheadkimie 8 years
Mine was about 5 hours I pushed for like 2 mins. It was wonderful I hope my second which is due in June is that fast! Oh and I totally understand losing insurance. I lost my insurance a month before I was due because my work got sold to a different company. I had to get on state insurance get a new doctor and go to a different hospital. It was horrible, but it all turned out to be a blessing. I loved the hospital, the nurse's were the best ever. My new Dr. is the best ever. And my labor was short.
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
12 hours, 44 minutes (including 44 minutes of pushing). My water broke at exactly midnight, and I went right to the hospital.
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