Once you’ve given birth, your muscles and ligaments will sort of relax into the process more readily, since everything has been stretched already, so the baby will move down more easily. Your cervix can also dilate (open) faster.
Are you more likely to go into labor early with second child?
Yes, labour is likely to be quicker with a second or subsequent birth (NICE, 2014). It is especially likely that the early stages (latent labour) will be faster and contractions will become stronger more quickly. So you might need to consider getting to the place where you will give birth faster than last time.
Are second babies usually bigger or smaller?
There’s evidence that second babies tend to be bigger than first babies (Bacci et al 2014). But this isn’t always the case, and the difference doesn’t tend to be dramatic. On average, second babies are about 100g (3.5oz) heavier than first babies (Bacci et al 2014).
Is labor shorter with second baby?
Second labors, however, are perfect for birth plans. If you’ve already successfully delivered a baby vaginally, you most likely will again. Your labor will be shorter (usually) and it’s way easier to deal with contractions when your cervix is dilating quickly and the finish line is in sight.
Do 2nd babies usually come early?
You may go into labor sooner with your second birth.
Second-time moms’ average delivery date is 40 weeks and 3 days—that is an entire week earlier! Because your body has already gone through labor, it’s likely that it will respond to the labor hormones a little faster this time around, sending you into labor sooner.
When do most second babies come?
Second time babies arrive earlier than their due date
Many second time parents have actually found the opposite with baby number and they tend to arrive an average of 3 days after their due date. But as always with babies, they will arrive when they’re ready and not a moment sooner.
What is the ideal gap between two pregnancies?
The study found 12-to-18 months was the ideal length of time between giving birth and becoming pregnant again. Current World Health Organization guidelines recommend an ideal interval of 24 months and no fewer than 18 months.
Do second babies usually weigh more?
Our results show that birthweight of second-borns is significantly higher than that of first-borns. The effects of this difference are related with a longer gestational age, an increased number of visits during the pregnancy, and gender of infants.