My first child was born at 29 weeks and was 2 lbs. 13 oz. Afterward, I hardly had any pain, normal labor pain shorter duration and an obviously easier delivery. My second son was 8 lbs. 5 oz. and I was 39 weeks when I gave birth. I can't speak for the actual birth because I ended up having to have a C-section, but during the labor portion, it was the same pain and intensity as the first time around. The biggest difference was the duration. The doctor said this was also because it was 11 years since the birth of my first son. I ended up getting an epidural, mostly because I was stuck at 7 cm dilated and I was exhausted. When I am drained, I can't deal with the pain nearly as well. I would go into the situation optimistic and see where it takes you. Just be open to the possibility of modifying your pain management plan. Emotionally, it is so much easier to deal with everything when you know your baby is full term and they aren't giving you all the scary things to expect from premature birth. After both births, I took ibuprofen and Tylenol, even with the C-section. The baby being in my room the second time really helped me deal with any pain I was feeling.