I labored at home all day with inconsistent contractions. They really weren't all that painful, I could talk through them.
I finally had to fib a little to my midwife about the contractions being more consistent so she would let me go to the hospital.
By the time I got to the hospital I was a little over 4cm and they admitted me. My contractions were still mild but I decided I wanted an enema out of fear of going #2 while delivering (which looking back if it had happened it wouldn't have been a big deal).
Well the enema did the trick because my contractions swung into full gear. They're like gas pains/cramps but times 15, they come in waves. It will be bearable in the beginning and then get to the point where you feel like you just can't take it anymore and then it will start to subside.
The next time I was checked I was almost 7 and that's when I received my epidural. After the epidural they broke my water and in no time I was pushing, and after 20 minutes of pushing I had my baby girl in my hands.
If you're bad with pain or feeling like it's too much, just get the epidural, it's TOTALLY worth it and makes delivery pain free. I wouldn't worry too much about delivery. Once you're 9 months, you're ready for the baby to be out of you and you're ready to meet your little one that you'll be totally fine! It's really such an exciting experience, I can't wait to do it again!!!!