I laboured at home for 11 hrs before heading into the hospital. I found that moving around heaps really helped.... that might be an obvious one but all I wanted to do was crawl up in a ball but dp made me and the pain was easier to handle when I was pacing. Also second the hot showers and excerise ball.
I have a very low pain tolerance also and was certain I get the epi but I managed the whole 16 hrs of labour on only gas. I just kept thinking people do this everyday and so can I! Good luck :-)
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