15The First Birth Experience Was Fast
If this isn’t your first pregnancy, you will have some idea about whether or not your labor is going to be fast or slow. If your first labor was fast (even if it didn’t meet the definition of being precipitous, which is under three hours), you should prepare yourself that
your second one will be a fast one as well.
Later deliveries are generally faster than the first one because your body has been through this all before. So your cervix will dilate or open, and thin out or efface more quickly than it did the first time.
On top of having a faster first stage of labor because your cervix has been through this at least once before, the second stage of labor, or the pushing stage, will be faster because your cervix and vaginal tissues already know what it’s like to push a baby out, so they will give way to the baby's head more easily.