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    Signs of Labour in a Second Pregnancy

    Pregnancy By Arka Roy Chowdhury , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Aug 16, 2012
    Signs of Labour in a Second Pregnancy

    Are you pregnant for the second time and wondering how is the labour going to be like? Learn more about labour in your second pregnancy.

    Signs of Labour in a Second Pregnancy

    While labour is a difficult thing to deduce and it is not easy to know the duration of it, there is a good chance that your labour this second time will be quicker and the delivery would be faster. You have been down this road before and you think you know everything about your labour. However, labour in your second pregnancy can be quite a different game all together.

     

    During the second time you may find that your baby's head engages in your pelvis later than when compared to your first pregnancy. It may not engage until you go into labour. During labour, the contractions will push your baby down into your pelvis. Also because this is your second pregnancy the elastic walls around your vagina will allow your baby’s head to pass with much greater ease.

     

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    Contractions – Women who are having their second child have more of the Braxton-Hicks contractions. This is the warm up contractions that tone up the uterus and makes it ready for real contractions. So you may ignore the first few contractions until you get stronger ones.

     

    Early Loss of Mucus Plug – Most second time pregnant women lose the thick mucus plug that blocks bacteria from entering the uterus. This happens mainly because the cervix begins to thin down early the second time around. You may not lose your plug until you were in the hospital with contractions with your first baby; you may lose your mucus plug a few days and sometimes even earlier, like earlier labour experiences, contractions actually start with the second pregnancy.

     

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    Rapid Progression – Labour in the second pregnancy usually proceeds faster and you may not even be aware of it. The early stage of labour lasts 6.4 hours and 4.8 hours for the next ones. The second stage of labor, i.e., the pushing stage, may be extremely short in your second pregnancy. The average pushing stage lasts 5 to 30 minutes in a woman who's given birth before, compared to 30 minutes to 3 hours in a first-time mom.

     

    Having said everything it must be kept be kept in mind that the birth experience for women over 40 may be a little more complicated and this is due to the age factor. However if you have laboured earlier then it is anyway going to be easier the second time around.


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