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Fetal Hiccups During Pregnancy

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Fetal Hiccups are a normal phenomenon that's been felt by many pregnant women and has been observed on many an ultrasound. Your baby may have started hiccupping intermittently beginning in the late first or early second trimester, although you wouldn't have been able to feel the hiccups at that early stage.

As a mother, you would often note hiccups as a series of little rhythmic movements - a number of times a day, while other women only notice them once in a while.

Are Hiccups normal?

Yes hiccups are normal. If you are interested as to why it occurs, read on.

There has not been an overwhelming amount of research on fetal hiccupping in the womb, although there is some speculation as to why it happens. First of all, only more mature fetuses hiccup in the womb because their central nervous system is adequately developed in order to allow this to happen. It is believed that the fetus breathes in amniotic fluid or drinks it. When this happens and the amniotic fluid enters and exists the fetus lungs then the diaphragm contracts and hiccups results. Fetal hiccups appear to be extremely normal and almost all moms will feel the baby's hiccups at least once if not on a regular basis.

Keep in mind that when your fetus is hiccupping there is nothing wrong. You don't need to call your doctor or midwife, unless you feel something else is going on, and you don't need to freak out. Simply relax and enjoy feeling your baby move inside you.

A fun thing to do is to keep a record your baby's hiccups. This can be a fun piece of information to store in your baby book or share with your child when he/she is older.

Almost all women will feel their fetus hiccupping at least once during the pregnancy if not more. Some women don't recognize the rhythmic movement as hiccupping, but most do. In addition, some babies will hiccup on a daily basis and others even more frequently.

If your baby is hiccupping on a regular basis then you can feel free to mention it your doctor however you will be assured that hiccupping is normal and it in no way affects your child and your heath.