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Does the second delivery come sooner, around the same time, or after your first birth.
For instance, I had my son at 36 weeks and some change, should I expect that this baby will come around the same time...sooner....later???
AmandaEricB:Was there a reason you delivered so early the first time? That would factor into whether it might happen again.
Jackateolive:I was told there is no reason to expect a pattern if you have only had one child... I however, had my water break (and had to be induced) at 37.5 weeks with my son, and then had my water break (and had to be induced at 37 weeks with my daughter... So I am now a little over 36 weeks and getting nervous. Plan for early, and be okay if it is late.
Ok. Just trying to figure out when to stop working. I don't want to push myself into early labor. Even though my son was considered full term he was a few ounces from being 4lbs.....just want to be on the safe side.
As PP said, unless there is a reason your babies will come early there is no way to know if the second will be earlier, later or the same.
MY second was a week later than my first. I only know of one woman who had a pattern of early births that kept getting earlier but she had issues causing them. I know people whose second baby was later and some who were earlier and even a couple who were on time. My mother had her first a month early, the second 4 days late and the last two 2 months early. (the last two were twins)
I had both my girls at 40 weeks and 5 days.
My sister had all 3 of her children at 38 weeks and 4 days.
However, I don't think there's any particular rule, I know plenty of people with multiple children whose length of gestation has been quite varied.
My first was 14 days early.My second was 12.There was ten years in between those labors and I was definetly active both pregnancies.i am 36 wks 5 days now and have been having contractions for weeks.You never know.Chances are you will go before 40 wks but maybe not as early as your first.This is just my opinion btw