I don't care how long we've been giving birth, I'm still up for the meds! To me, it's like breaking your arm, then deciding you aren't going to the hospital because they didn't do that hundreds of years ago. Moms like to compete, but there is nothing wrong with getting meds! Be careful about demerol and the epidural, with my 2nd they gave those too close together and I had a bad reaction. I don't even remember pain with getting an epidural. You are already in pain. What really helped me was breathing out and focusing on one thing. When the contractions came, I laid on my side, and stared at this stupid pole, breathing in and heavy out. Think of it as "breathing the pain out"
This silly little technique I learned once works (and in other instances for other problems too). Imagine your body is white, and the pain is red. With each breath, you want to blow out as much red as you can, start from your head and blow. Hope it works for you!
at 8:23 PM on Jun. 20, 2008