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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

When acid and peptic juices reflux into the esophagus, one might have the sensation of burning or pain under the breast bone. It can radiate up to the throat and down to the region of the solar plexus. Some may describe it as bad 'indigestion' and others may feel like they are ...Read more


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I am 38 weeks 2 days pregnant and have had diarrha, back pain, and increased indigestion. Is this a sign that labor is near? I am 3cm and 90% effaced.

I am 38 weeks 2 days pregnant and have had diarrha, back pain, and increased indigestion. Is this a sign that labor is near? I am 3cm and 90% effaced.

Could be: If u were my pt and your cervix was that ripe i would induce you exactly at 39 weeks if u do not go into labor before then the ideal time to deliver is 39-40 weeks, please discuss with your ob. ...Read more

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Back and lower abdomen pain that radiates to my legs, indigestion, loose bowel movements, 37 weeks and 4 days pregnant. Sign of labor?

Back and lower abdomen pain that radiates to my legs, indigestion, loose bowel movements, 37 weeks and 4 days pregnant. Sign of labor?

Rhythmic or not?: If the pains are rhythmic and can be timed at regular intervals of increasingly shortened intervals then labor is on the way. If not it is just the pressure of the pregnancy on the internal structures. ...Read more

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36 weeks 3cm 70% been having Braxton hicks all day probably 5 an hour they are irregular and having heartburn, short of breath could this mean labor?

36 weeks 3cm 70%  been having  Braxton hicks all day probably 5 an hour they are irregular and having heartburn, short of breath could this mean labor?

Labor: When the contractions are painful and five minutes apart for at least an hour it is time to be seen in labor and delivery. If you feel your pain is severe you should be promptly evaluated. If you are having trouble breathing then you should be seen in the ER. Over the counter medications such as Omeprazole are safe for use for heartburn. ...Read more

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40 weeks pregnant heartburn, back pain and feel like I have to go #2 and nothing comes out. Early labor?

40 weeks pregnant heartburn, back pain and feel like I have to go #2 and nothing comes out. Early labor?

Not yet necessarily: Just means that the size of the gravid uterus is pressing on the colon/abdominal content giving the urge to defecate. Also likely causing the back pain as well. Likely won't be long until you go into labor, based on gestation. Try to lay in the left lateral recumbent position, and follow up with your ob/gyn for further instructions. ...Read more

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My period was 3 days late. Prior to that I had heartburn, nausea, & hot flashes. I had a tubal ligation 11 yrs ago. Thought I was pg but tests were -. Now im having brown spotting followed by bright red heavy bleeding & labor pain like cramps. Please advi

My period was 3 days late. Prior to that I had heartburn, nausea, & hot flashes. I had a tubal ligation 11 yrs ago. Thought I was pg but tests were -. Now im having brown spotting followed by bright red heavy bleeding & labor pain like cramps. Please advi

Probably menses: If your pregnancy tests have been negative, then delayed ovulation can result in delayed menstruation. If pregnancy is uncertain, then a blood test for pregnancy will provide a more definitive answer. In theory it could be an early miscarriage, but a positive pregnancy test is needed to confirm this. Otherwise it may just be a bad period. If you do have a positive pregnancy, se. ...Read more

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Almost 36w pregnant, nausea followed by vomiting, lower leg cramps, tummy tightening, and back pain... Plus constant heartburn. Labor? Flu?

Likely labor: This sounds like early labor, which is usually not such a problem at 36 weeks of pregnancy. You might certainly have a urinary tract infection or virus. I am sure that your obstetrician would be happy to see you and sort this out with you. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Indigestion (Definition)

Indigestion is a feeling of discomfort in the upper belly (abdomen) during or right after a meal. It may present as a feeling of uncomfortable ...Read more


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