OK, I don't even know what made me look up hiccups. All my babies have had them. I think I looked it up because with this pregnancy I actually find that the hiccups are more frequent/last much longer than previous pregnancies. So, I looked it up (more for fun) to see what causes them as someone on here a few weeks back said they were the baby kind of practice breathing/using their diaphragm.
Well, what I read (http://www.preginst.com/UmbilicalCordAccidents2.pdf) among other things kind of freaked me out....
"Fetal jerking movements and fetal hiccups may also be
related to fetal blood flow disturbances especially cord compression. These maternal
observations should be taken seriously."
"Normal physiologic hiccups last < 5-10 min (especially after 32 wks). Cord
compression hiccups, stimulating the ductous venosous, last > 10-15 min and occur > 4X / 24
hrs. Hyperactivity (especially during maternal sleep) may signify uterine ischemia"
So, I decided to make note of them for 24 hours thinking it was probably nothing. Well, this LO got hiccups 5 times in the last 24 hours, three of those episodes lasting 15+ minutes. I guess this in itself isn't as concerning but this baby's movements just seem different. He moves a lot, always has. I can't say that he necessarily moves more than my other babies do it's just that the movements are different. I thought this might have to do with the fact that he is not head down yet and is attempting to move but if that is the case it sure seems like he has been working on it for a long time. Now I am starting to be concerned that he is tangled and CAN'T get himself down there?
Has anyone done any reading on this or have any personal experience with this? I know in general you always hear..."hiccups are good fetal development", "movement is good" etc. so I am trying not to be an alarmist either.
Ugh, figures it's a weekend too. I am not crazy about u/s but I am wondering if I should have one to rule out a cord issue with this little guy. I truly hate all the medical crap that goes with birth but I have to say I do love the CNM that I am seeing. I think too that I am potentially more aware of little nuances because we were planning to UC and I am less confident in that decision if I feel that something is going on with cord/positioning, KWIM?
DH has been working a crazy amount of hours but when he gets up this morning I think I will have to get his take on this too. Hopefully I am getting worked up about nothing.
I guess I am just kind of "thinking out loud" here....