- pains associated with the process of childbirth.
- Informal. the hardships and difficulties accompanying a major innovation, change, or new venture.
Origin of birth pangs
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Historical Examples of birth pangs
The curtains of the dark are already shaken by the birth-pangs of the morning.The Drunkard
Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
All those nameless discontents—they were no more than love's birth-pangs.Ann Veronica
H. G. Wells
The marks of the birth-pangs remain on the land; its struggle for breath was too terrible, its scars too deep to hide or cover.The Maid-At-Arms
Robert W. Chambers
It would seem as if bringing forth must be always accompanied by birth-pangs.The Secret Life
The birth-pangs of Democracy, wherewith convulsed Europe was groaning in cries that reached Heaven, could not escape me.