I'm a redhead, 9 weeks pregnant now. A friend of mine recently pointed this out (before she even knew I was pregnant)... what do people expect us to do with this information?! Ha ha, sigh. I'm a woman who's had really severe dysmenorrhea (I cannot spell lately, pregnancy brain)/ terrible cramps with my menstrual cycle the past decade, and did wonder if maybe I am more sensitive to the pain of those cramps due to being a redhead (or whatever). But I heard about another study that said that women with bad cramps tend to have easier labor pains. My unscientific theory is that we've already had to deal with a lot of really awful contraction-y pain, so when labor comes, the pain is bad but not such a surprise.
But this is my first pregnancy, so I really don't know WHAT I'm talking about. I'm going to do my best to ignore any implication that my pain will be worse, because I probably wouldn't know what was normal for anyone else anyway. I'm gonna try to focus on my body being built to do this, and that the pain will be worse than I can imagine, but I will get through it and can't do much about that anyway. I'm also going to explore guided meditations/ hypnosis - and though I'm going to try for a medication-free labor, I'm not ruling anything out.
I think all you can really do is set goals and do your best! Good luck, and here's a redheaded hug coming your way
Oh, and don't women in general have way higher pain tolerance than men? Maybe that will help - just focus on what wussies those dudes would be in labor!