Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
538. THE WOMAN IN LABOUR
Perry 479 (Phaedrus
No one gladly revisits a place where he got hurt.
After her months of pregnancy had passed, a woman about to deliver her
child was lying on the ground, moaning and weeping. Her husband urged
her to rest her body on the bed, so that she might better relieve herself
of nature's burden, but the woman refused and said, 'I hardly think that
my trouble could come to an end in the very place where it was first conceived!'
Note: This joke is also found in Plutarch, Advice on Marriage 39.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.