Here's an article about how women remember the discomfort of childbirth. I have always heard people say that you forget (I know some people who want to tell their horror stories would disagree). I can say that my daughter was three in September and the only thing I remember as what I can say was truly painful was the last 15 minutes before I started pushing. I was feeling the urge to push but was not fully dilated so that was hard. The rest of my labor I was able to take one contraction at a time though. With my son who is almost 8 months old I can't really say that I really remember pain just exhaustion.