A 19-year-old female asked:
im 3 days from my due date and i have been having very painful heartburn is it a sign of labor or not i have already lost my mucus plug?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Bac Nguyen answered
22 years experience Family Medicine
Could be both..: Labor or contractions typically cause cramping pain, often mid to lower abdomen, for a few minutes at a time, then eases up and the cycle repeats over and over until the baby is born. Heartburn or reflux often cause more constant pain and lasts much longer. It is not unreasonable to try some tums/pepcid, but being 3 days before due date, and loss of mucus plug, chance of labor is high. Good luck.
Answered on Jan 17, 2018
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