A 19-year-old female asked:
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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?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
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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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience Family Medicine
Enlarged uterus of pregnancy pushes upward on stomach and increases likelihood of reflux. Calcium-based antacids (Tums, etc) or bicarbonate of soda in water can help reduce burning sensation.
Nov 10, 2012

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