from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The pains of childbirth.


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  • After all their labor-pains, their ministerial mountain had brought forth only a mouse — and a still-born one at that.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • And it is just this unnatural and abnormal fear of labor-pains -- this unwomanly dread of the slightest degree of physical suffering -- that has indirectly led up to so much discussion regarding the employment of "twilight sleep" and other forms of obstetric anesthesia.

    The Mother and Her Child

  • Her uneasiness will rapidly increase -- she will be continually getting up and lying down -- her tail will begin to be elevated and the commencement of the labor-pains will soon be evident.

    Cattle and Their Diseases Embracing Their History and Breeds, Crossing and Breeding, And Feeding and Management; With the Diseases to which They are Subject, And The Remedies Best Adapted to their Cure

  • The patient ought to bear in mind then that "true labor-pains" are situated in the back, and loins; they come on at regular intervals, rise gradually up to a certain pitch of intensity, and abate as gradually; it is a dull, heavy, deep sort of pain, producing occasionally a low moan from the patient; not sharp or twinging, which would elicit a very different expression of suffering from her.

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  • We are suffering now, going through the acute agonizing labor-pains prior to a new birth, and we will come up, and we will become a glorious living example to the world.

    British Sea Power

  • The truth is that he has rationalized his unwillingness to go through the labor-pains of creation by pretending to himself a constant and great need of money, and permitting himself to dissipate his energies in a hectic, disturbed, shallow existence, in a tremor of concert-tours, guest-conductorships, money-making enterprises of all sorts, which leave him about two or three of the summer months for composition, and probably rob him of his best energies.

    Musical Portraits Interpretations of Twenty Modern Composers

  • In the village to which the horse was sent back, there was a woman who, for several days, was suffering cruelly from labor-pains, without being able to be delivered, so that no human hope remained of saving her life.

    The Life and Legends of Saint Francis of Assisi

  • After all their labor-pains, their ministerial mountain had brought forth only a mouse -- and a still-born one at that.

    Mark Twain, a Biography. Complete

  • Addison 3.162 describes the case of a woman who was delivered of a healthy male child, and everything was well until the evening of the fourth day, when intense labor-pains set in, and well-formed twins about the size of a pigeon's egg were born.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • It was removed through the vagina, and two days later labor-pains set in, and in two hours she was delivered of a uterine child.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine


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