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birth pangs

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plural noun
  1. pains associated with the process of childbirth.
  2. Informal. the hardships and difficulties accompanying a major innovation, change, or new venture.
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Origin of birth pangs

First recorded in 1885–90
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birth pang in Medicine

birth pang

  1. One of the repetitive pains occurring in childbirth.
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