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2010.03.17(Review of 2004.02.25 edition)

Could there be a more appropriate expression for one of the hardest jobs a woman ever has to do?

Today's Lesson
LABOR   陣痛、分娩


  • Labor is the period of time during which a baby is pushed out from its mother's body. In other words, from the time that the pains begin to the time the baby is born.
  • labor は、赤ん坊が母親の体内から押し出される過程、つまり、陣痛が始まってから赤ん坊が産まれるまでのことで、陣痛、分娩、という意味です。



  1. a: How's Nancy doing? Is the baby born yet?
    b: Not yet. Nancy's still in labor.
  2. I was in labor for 15 hours with my first baby.
  3. Junko went into labor in the middle of the night.
  4. When a woman is having a difficult labor, she's sometimes given medication to lessen the pain.
  5. (on the phone to the hospital)
    MAN: My wife's labor pains have begun.
    NURSE: OK. Just relax and bring her to the hospital as soon as you can.

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