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Perhaps this is a silly question but I was just curious... (I'm 40w3d), at all of my midwife appointments she asks me if I feel baby hiccups. I only felt them once that I can remember, several weeks ago... otherwise I haven't noticed any. But she asks me every time so I just wondered if there is a reason? Is it a good/bad sign one way or the other if the baby has (or doesn't have) hiccups?

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In utero hiccups are a sign baby is preparing for breathing after birth. Some babies in utero and some have none or mama may not notice them.

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Most of the time I hear they are a positive sign. This article talks about when they can be a negative sign:

http://www.preginst.com/silentrisk.pdf

It is mostly a study of umbilical cord accidents and what can go wrong. Not light reading but if you are interested...
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I can't read the link since its a pdf. Can you give me the gist of it?
With both of my full term pregnancies, the babies hiccuped all.the.time.
Cute the first couple, downright annoying after the millionth:
Both babies had the cord wrapped around their neck at birth(wasn't a big deal, doctor just unwrapped it and carried on) I don't know if it has an significance. They also moved around like crazy.

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I don't know if this is true, but I've heard that you can use hiccups to figure the baby's position. Where you feel them the most is where the head is bopping around in response to the hiccups. That could be totally untrue, but it's a cute idea and I thought it was accurate.

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i've reliably felt all of my babies hiccup but never been asked about them. i once googled it and was terrified for about five minutes.

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i've never felt my babies hiccup, or never noticed them. i've also never been asked.

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I have nothing useful to add...I just wanted to be the third "leigh" to post in this thread. ;-)

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I've always heard that, because hiccups are caused by the diaphragm spasming, they tone the diaphragm muscle to help baby prepare to breathe. I always look at them as a good thing.

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my baby hiccups constantly. My mother said both me and my sister did constantly as well. And even though I was born sunny side up, my sister was born naturally at home without any incidence whatsoever. So, I doubt it means anything. My dr hasn't asked me, and when I've told him how frequently little man hiccups his reply is normally something along the lines of "yeah, hiccups are quite common!"

I already know where baby is laying, but it definitely coincides with where his little lungs are!

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My mw says hiccups are a positive neurological sign

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Mine gets the hiccups at least once a day, but only for a few minutes.
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my babe hiccups but my other never did
don't know whay these 2 kiddos are so different
it is a little worry some for me

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Both of mine hiccuped ALL the time. After they were born, they hiccuped all the time. There were no cord problems or any problems at all for that matter. I am pregnant with baby #3 and I wonder if this one will hiccup like my other children.

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I don't know if this is true, but I've heard that you can use hiccups to figure the baby's position. Where you feel them the most is where the head is bopping around in response to the hiccups. That could be totally untrue, but it's a cute idea and I thought it was accurate.
My MW uses them as a gauge to tell where the head is and rule out breech positioning. Of course, she feels for the head and body parts, too, but hiccups help confirm it.

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I always figure it's a good sign, especially that baby can swallow and has a working diaphram. This babe has the hiccups at least once a day, if I move around too quickly or unexpectedly he/she gets it too.

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I've read about hiccups being practice for breathing. My MW (28 years experiance) said they're nothing- nobody is quite sure WHY babies do it, but it's nothing to worry about.

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