Cupcake15- With my second pregnancy, I was only given a minor dose of epidural and it wore off when I was in active labor, which was at 10 centimeters dilation.
My son’s heart rate was lower than normal so I could not receive as much labor pain relief as I would have liked. It was very painful, but after the delivery I felt better than I did with my first delivery.
I also recovered much faster. My second labor was much shorter which often happens in subsequent pregnancies. Also women that exercise while pregnant often have better deliveries. I walked three miles a day on my treadmill up to the very day of my delivery.
My second labor lasted two and a half hours as opposed to eleven hours of labor from my first delivery. Also, the early labor pains were worse the first time, than the second.