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Q&A: Multiple pregnancy labors vs singleton labors?

Are there any differences between multiple pregnancy labors and singleton labors? (Do they last longer, are they somehow more painful, etc.?)

Re: Are there any differences between multiple pregnancy labors and singleton labors? (Do they last longer, are they somehow more painful, etc.?)

The Bump Expert

Every pregnancy and every labor is different, of course, but just because you're having multiples doesn't mean you'll have double the pain. If it helps any, look at this way: You're getting off a little easy -- multiple babies for the price of just one labor!

As for the actual delivery, the likelihood of having a c-section greatly increases with each additional baby, but many twins are born vaginally. In this scenario, you're going to have to push twice -- once for each baby -- and there will likely be about 15 to 20 minutes in between the two births. So after baby number one arrives, you'll have to muster some additional strength and keep in mind that hey, you're not done yet!

If you're having more than two babies though, you should definitely prepare for a c-section. But as long as there are no complications, the process will be very similar to a singleton c-section.

Karen Moise, RN

Q&A: Multiple pregnancy labors vs singleton labors?

I had a singleton before my twins, so it was my second labor & delivery, but they were pretty similar. My twin labor was shorter (I labored at home longer before going in, too) but the difference was: first labor (singleton): 16 hours, second labor (twins): 10 hours (but contractions started about 8 hours before I officially called myself "in labor". I think laboring my twins was easier probably because it was my second L&D but also because each of my twins was over a pound smaller than my singleton so pushing them out was WAY easier and quicker. I pushed with my first for 45 minutes and I pushed with my twins for about 5 minutes. My twins are 7 minutes apart, so I didn't have much time to relax...they were ready to come out!!!

ilovecarl |

Q&A: Multiple pregnancy labors vs singleton labors?

i had triplets at 27 weeks. always expect to have your multiples early... especially triplets. AND if you're having more than 2, a c-section is on your horizon. after the c-section, expect your little ones to have nice little stay in the N.I.C.U. mine stayed for roughly 2 months, because they were born so early. but all this is absolutely normal for giving birth to more than one baby. and as for labor... i was in labor for 5 hours, since my girls were my first pregnancy, i can't say whether or not it hurt more... but i seriously doubt having multiples makes the labor pains more intense. i do know that it took me longer than most to heal from the c-section... about 4 days before i could walk semi confidently without wanting to pass out from the pain. after that, it gets a lot easier. good luck!!!

supermom333 |

Q&A: Multiple pregnancy labors vs singleton labors?

Every pregnancy an every delivery is different of course, but when I had my twins the delivery was super fast. Now when I had my daughter (1st child) I only pushed for 30 minutes so we knew that if I was able to deliver vaginally with the twins it was most likely going to be pretty quick. Luckily I was able to deliver them vaginally and after being in the hospital for about 3 hours the girls were born 4 minutes apart. I went from fully dilated to being rolled down to the OR (my hospitals policy was that with multiples you had to push in the OR just in case) to having the girls and getting stitched up all in the span of 13 minutes. But I also have 3 friends who had very different deliveries when they had their twins. 2 had c sections and 1 pushed for about an hour. Their really is no rhyme or reason to it.

julyangel |

Q&A: Multiple pregnancy labors vs singleton labors?

YES TO BOTH, THE BIRTH OF MULTIPLES OR TWINS CAN LAST LONGER AND BE MORE PAINFUL ON THE NEW MOTHER, I HAD TWINS THE FIRST TIME AROUND AND IT WAS VERY HARD ON ME, IT HURT LIKE HELL, I AM READY FOR THE BIRTH OF THIS SET OF TWINS, THOOUGH IT WILL BE AS PAINFUL, I HAVE MY LOVER ALLIE AND MY MOTHER TO BE WITH ME AND HELP ME THROUGH THE PROCESS

PREGNANTGAL17 |

Q&A: Multiple pregnancy labors vs singleton labors?

My water broke 12 hours before my twins were born but I only felt contractions for 4 hours. The pain was intense but when it came time to push it was a breeze. (Yes, I said it) I gave birth without an epidural, 30 mins of pushing for one and 6 mins later the other was out. They were smaller than a singleton baby since they were 3 weeks early (6 lbs and 5 lbs 13 oz) so I'm sure that helped with the pushing abilities. Everybody has a different experience so you can't plan too much. You have to go in with an open mind and realize that your birth plan might not happen. I knew I wanted drug free but was open to the fact that a c section was possible. Things worked out for me but that's not the norm. There are women who give birth to 1 baby and have an experience 10 times more difficult than a woman with two or more. Whatever your experience is, you'll remember it forever and know that the pain is not forever and the reason behind it is because your babies are finally arriving!

dalmatinka77 |

Q&A: Multiple pregnancy labors vs singleton labors?

I think it won't hurt double until the birth

Lillyandcal |