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Fetal hiccups - please reassure me

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ThinkPinkStink Wed 14-Sep-16 13:45:17

Okay, I've got to that stage of pregnancy where everything is a big old worry, I really hope I'm worrying about nothing.

I'm 36+5 - for the past month or so baby has had pretty regular hiccups (usually coinciding with me eating lunch) for 2-5 minutes per go. I thought it was pretty 'cute'.

This morning I, like a fool, Googled fetal hiccups - and there are all sorts of stories about how sometimes it can indicate that the baby is trapped in its umbilical cord.

In good news I've had four dopplers in the past six weeks (most recently yesterday) and everything has been fine, nothing to worry about (baby's heart varies between 138 and 148 BPM). Movement is otherwise normal.

I'm over-worrying aren't I?

strawberrypenguin Wed 14-Sep-16 13:50:44

I'd say you are likely worrying about nothing - lots of babies get fatal hiccups. My second did - he hiccups a lot now he's arrived too!
However I'm not an expert if you are worried please talk to your midwife

mummylollypop Wed 14-Sep-16 13:52:38

All four of mine had hiccups the midwife always told me if was perfectly normal

mummylollypop Wed 14-Sep-16 13:54:43

Strawberrypenguin fatal hiccups might be a bit more serious lol

KittyandTeal Wed 14-Sep-16 13:56:06

My dd1 had hiccups loads from really early on. She was, and is, absolutely fine.

Cel982 Wed 14-Sep-16 13:57:02

My daughter had hiccups every day for the last few months of my pregnancy. And then for the first few months of her life on the 'outside'. It's very common, and completely normal.

strawberrypenguin Wed 14-Sep-16 14:02:53

Doh lolly stupid auto correct! That will teach me check before posting 😃

Finola1step Wed 14-Sep-16 14:07:53

Yep, ds was a very hicuppy baby. Both before and after birth. Now aged 8 and as fit as a fiddle.

Dr Google is not your friend.

29redshoes Wed 14-Sep-16 14:12:06

There was another thread like this a week or so ago. My DD had lots of hiccups in utero and is absolutely fine now. Still hiccups a lot!

ThinkPinkStink Wed 14-Sep-16 14:18:01

Thank you, thank you! I promise I'm not usually such a worry-wart!

Finola you're 100% right that Dr Google is no friend of mine, it's amazing how quickly a cute little hiccup can turn into a potentially fatal situation.

strawberrypenguin I did chortle at the idea of a fatal hiccup.

Thanks again!

Leonas Wed 14-Sep-16 14:23:05

My first dd had hiccups all the time and, as it turns out, did get caught up in her cord shortly before birth (which caused some irregularities with her heartbeat but she was totally fine). However, my second dd also had hiccups a lot and there were no issues with her at all!

LazyJournalistsCanKissMyArse Wed 14-Sep-16 14:26:32

My DD hiccuped a lot inside me and also when she was born. I thought it was very cute.

Not sure how scientific this is, but my midwife at the time told me it was a good sign of the diaphragm developing and that she'd probably be a good talker.

Well, she hasn't stopped babbling since she was about five weeks old, so maybe the midwife was right!

SunsetOnTheHorizon Wed 14-Sep-16 14:34:08

Ds3 hiccuped loads and if thats the case lazy then u are right, she chatters away and she is 2 now.

I wouldn't over google. We can develop an addiction and google every teeny thing... spk to ur MW for any concerns...and for now try out some relaxation techniques - not long to go now smile

Lindy2 Wed 14-Sep-16 14:41:21

Both mine hiccupped a lot before birth and after. Both are fit and healthy - just very hiccuppy!

Rozdeek Wed 14-Sep-16 14:48:39

My son had loads of hiccups in the womb and still gets them a lot (he's 6 months)

Degustibusnonestdisputandem Wed 14-Sep-16 14:53:54

DTDs hiccuped a lot in the womb (and yes, both talkative!)

MrsMogginsMinge Wed 14-Sep-16 15:05:44

Another one with a v hiccupy baby here (pre and post birth). Luckily I didn't know it was something to worry about! Always cooed and babbled a lot too, although his actual verbal development is pretty average so far...

ThinkPinkStink Wed 14-Sep-16 17:38:24

Thanks everyone! I hope she's a chatter - we're a chatty family - I can't wait for her to get to that babbling stage.

Degustibus - chatty twins sound bloomin' marvelous - probably also a bit tiring, but totally brilliant!

Nikki2ol6 Wed 14-Sep-16 18:48:28

I am 24 weeks and my baby gets hiccups a couple of times a day, so did my other babies and only one was wrapped in his cord and his hiccups were no different to any others. Don't stress so much lol

Kariana Thu 15-Sep-16 00:34:12

I did the same as you OP, googled and scared myself as baby has been getting hiccups 2-3 times a day since Saturday. Asked the midwife today who said she'd never heard of it indicating a problem and asked me what I'd heard. When I mentioned cord around the neck she said this wasn't actually a problem in uterus as the baby isn't breathing yet. Seemed obvious when she said it!

feetheart Thu 15-Sep-16 00:45:18

DD was a very hiccupy baby and still gets them a lot now at 13 years old!

Weirdest feeling ever is a hiccuping tummy when you are in the bath - if you manage to sit really still the hiccups make ripples. One of my best pregnancy memories grin

JaneJeffer Thu 15-Sep-16 00:45:18

Had this with DS2 and he also got hiccups all the time after he was born. He's an 11 year old chatterbox now!

smellsofelderberries Thu 15-Sep-16 02:11:39

Thank you so much for posting this! Have also read the same thing and I have a hiccuper on board. 3-4 times a day, for at least 10 minutes a time! Have also had two scans in the past two weeks due to reduced movement and blood flow is perfect and cord not tangled, so remind myself of that in the middle of the night when she's flipping from transverse to breech to head down.

Not sure what we'll do if she's a chatter-box, DH and I are both quite quiet and introverted!

NovemberInDailyFailLand Thu 15-Sep-16 02:29:28

36 weeks here, my baby is hiccuping a lot but scans prove he's fine.

Christmasbaby16 Thu 15-Sep-16 19:26:07

How do I tell if my baby is hiccuping? What does it feel like... 28 weeks with our first so not 100% sure what to expectconfused

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