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birth pangs

plural noun
pains associated with the process of childbirth.
Informal. the hardships and difficulties accompanying a major innovation, change, or new venture.
Origin of birth pangs
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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birth pang in Medicine

birth pang n.
One of the repetitive pains occurring in childbirth.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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