pregnant woman holding stomachCan I expect labor and delivery to go more quickly with my second baby?

Here’s some good news: once your body has been through labor and delivery once, it becomes far more efficient the second time. Second- and third-time moms usually have shorter periods of early and active labor.

One reason that your second labor and delivery goes more smoothly is that your cervix and vaginal tissues are more supple and pliant than they were before the first baby. Since the tissues are more flexible, your second baby’s head can move into position quicker and easier.

You may also have noticed more Braxton Hicks contractions during your second pregnancy. It’s not just you – many moms experience more of these false labor pains the second time around. Even though Braxton Hicks contractions don’t bring on real labor and delivery, they do cause some changes to the cervix that help your body get prepared.

Even the pushing is usually easier for the second labor and delivery, and delivering the baby may take as little as a half hour.

But don’t forget that just like kids are different, each labor and delivery is a little different, too. Things don’t always proceed just like the first time. And unfortunately, even if the process goes faster during your second labor and delivery, there’s no guarantee that it will be any less painful.