Hiccups in the Womb

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Some pregnant women never experience this, others do while having no idea what it is. And a few will call up their doctor for fear something is wrong with the baby. The great news is while your baby having hiccups during pregnancy may be annoying at times, it’s perfectly normal and healthy. Some researchers even suggest that an baby having hiccups in the third trimester is a good sign of lung development because he/she is swallowing amniotic fluid while strengthening their diaphragm.

Lately, Emma has been having hiccups several times a day. Just this evening once episode went on for a good 4 minutes. While I usually don’t mind her movement or swift kicks to the bladder every now and then, I find her hiccups very irritating. The rhythmic bump every 5 seconds for anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes gets old after awhile. And looking down watching your belly fat jiggle every 5 seconds is an ugly reminder of the weight I need to lose. It is really neat in a way though because I can tell where her chest is based on where the little jiggle comes from.

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  1. Heh, I said earlier today on Twitter that in-utero baby hiccups are cute for about five minutes, and then they become really annoying. It’s like you’re hiccuping, only you can’t do anything to stop it!

  2. I love hiccups because it is sure way for my older kids to ‘feel’ the baby!!!

  3. Both of my kiddos were hiccup machines when I was pregnant. It’s funny, too, because my daughter who’s almost 5 now STILL gets the hiccups often. :)

  4. After reading this, I remembered my son, who ALWAYS had the hiccups, NO kidding!! Especially while I was all hooked up to having him….they had to give me three, yes THREE shots of pertusin (spell check), my cervix stopped wrapped around his head (he was born with a purple halo!, I had the monitor ot my tummy and he gets the hiccups which wouldn’t stop!! my stomach was bounced, I had ZERO control over my contractions, if he didn’t come soon, they were going to do a c-section because he was ‘stuck’…well, I’m happy to say he is the most handsome man, born with zero problems due to it…it was quite the fiasco and that was 22 years ago…seems like yesterday…I can remember every detail about it…sorry to go on like this, you just brought back something wonderful (not at the time) for me…

  5. I LOVE feeling the hiccups! When I was pregnant with my twins it was an almost non-stop feeling since they both had the hiccups all the time!
    This little one gets them every couple of days or so, not nearly as often as my last baby!
    It is fun to watch and helps me figure out where he is, but lately I feel them way down low, so he is probably transverse!!!

  6. Awww this brings me back to memeories of my pregnancies. Kieran hiccuped a lot in utero. I bet you are getting so excited. I can’t wait to see a photo of Emma when she is born. I know she will be precious.

  7. My kids always had hiccups in the womb. It can be very annoying! lol But it was neat except when they would get them right when I was trying to go to sleep!

  8. Tiffany says:

    he’s moving vigorously as I type :) kicking here and there, really a nice feeling for I know my baby is healthy. The hiccups though made me sort of paranoid as I thought those rythmic movement was due to muscle spasm or something. I’m thrilled and relieved to know that it’s perfectly fine for him to have this.

  9. SHARON says:

    I am worried because Im 35 weeks and the baby hasnt had the hiccups once! My first son (who is very healthy)hiccuped daily during pregnancy. Im a little nervous there could be a problem. Any thoughts?

    • I wouldn’t worry. I didn’t feel hiccups at all with my first child. Some babies get them, some don’t.