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my previous labor lasted over 15 hours; will my next labor also take that long?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Depends : In general, labor is shorter with second and third pregnancies but not always. The position of the baby, the size of the baby, how far along you are influence the length of labor. Some complications like gestational diabetes can also influence the length of labor as well.
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Possibly: But more often labor with a second child is shorter but not in all cases.

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Why does labor take such a long time for first-time moms?

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What is a ''physiological'' third stage of labor?

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