For about a week or two I've been feeling some rhythmic pulses from the baby for about 10 minutes about once a day. I did some research, and it seems to be that my little one is getting hiccups. Anybody else experiencing fetal hiccups? Most of the research says it's healthy, and I'll be asking my midwife at our next appointment, but I always like to get insight from all spectrums...
Baby Getting Hiccups Regularly
Yep, my little one gets them every morning, whenever I wake up to go to the bathroom, or just at random throughout the day. Heh. He's been very active, so perhaps that's part of the reason why he gets them so often...my doctor said it's probably just part of his personality and told me to prepare for a very active baby!
Part of me is happy when she gets them--a nice reminder that she's still alive and well --but the other part of me feels bad for the poor thing. I know that I loathe hiccups, and I'd hate to have baby feeling uncomfortable. I also know that as a mother, that is something I am going to have to get used to, but I just can't help feeling bad for her!
I don't believe it bothers babies to hiccup (in utero anyways :) I've read that it's caused by contractions of the diaphragm, and that in order for a baby in utero to hiccup, they have have to have a well-developed nervous system. Is it suspected that hiccups might provide relief to babies by releasing pressure on growing organs and lungs. Apparently they are not painful at all.
My baby had stopped hiccuping a while ago, but this past week it came back with a vengeance! I can feel her little hiccups near my left hip bone, so I'm guessing that's the general area of where her back/lungs/diaphragm are. It's not strong, though, but very repetitive and lasts a good long while!
My son got them every day around the same time from maybe 30 weeks onward... it was so funny, you could practically set a watch by it. What was even funnier: it persisted for several months after he was born. That point in the afternoon would hit and all of a sudden he'd have the hiccups for 10-15 minutes. He would get this really great look of surprise/confusion on his face when it was happening. Ah, I kind of miss that...
This baby didn't start hiccuping that I noticed until maybe a week ago. Not noticing it every day but with the anterior placenta, everything feels kind of different this time anyhow.