My labor with ds was only 5/5.5 hrs in total (he's my first). I had very hard, long, intense contractions that I was totally unprepared for, and the L&D nurses wouldn't let me move around or lay on my side. I was in so much pain I was basically non-verbal and did whatever I was told. I felt like pushing only an hour or two in but I wasn't fully dilated and ended up having an epidural just so I could last until pushing. Please no comments on how I should have prepared better, this I already know.
I am expecting dd in May, and we are trying to prepare for the possibility that it might be even shorter this time, based on my mom's experience. I want to go natural, but I'm afraid I won't be able to handle it. I've been doing Bradley exercises, improving my diet, doing meditations and relaxation, but I'm still really scared of birth again. My husband is loving and supportive, but if he sees me in pain he's going to tell me to get the epidural.
Those of you who had very fast labors, do you have any advice for me? Are the contractions and fast dilation easier to handle the second time?