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I feel strange even asking this. I was too embarrassed to ask my doctor... But here goes!

A couple of times during this pregnancy I have noticed the baby quivering, shaking, almost like there's a little earthquake going on in my tummy. My immediate first thought was that it felt like he was having some type of seizure.

This is my 2nd pregnancy and I don't recall this sensation from my first.

Any thoughts? Am I overthinking? Worrying unneccessarily?

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Hiccups!!! I bet.
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My baby does this at least once a day. I have only noticed it in my 3rd, 4th and current pregnancies.
All of my children are normal and dont have siezures.
it is a strange sensation to say the least!
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Hi--I'm 27 weeks, and I have had the same sensation. It's a fleeting movement, however, and doesn't go on for long.

I was just talking to my husband about it yesterday, and told him that it kind of feels like that reflex that really new babies have--you know, where they kind of startle a little and they put their arms out as if they are falling. Do you know what I mean?

I remember my son doing that, but only for 2 weeks or so right after he was born. The movement in my belly just feels really spastic, and I'm thinking it might be the same thing.

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Weird, I JUST told my husband about this feeling TODAY. Couldn't specifically remember it with my first either... so here's my theory. After your first baby, things are a bit more stretched out, AND you know better what things feel like... I think baby just has more room to move around, and yuo're more intuned to those sensations. Specifically about that quivering feeling - I think it's just all the limbs moving at once... really stretching out & testing those new muscles & bones - like the startle reflex newborns have. Honestly, I wouldn't be worried.

BUT. If you have a bad feeling about it - if something is really telling you something is wrong, then please DO call your doctor & ask. Our Mamma intuition is strong.

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my MW said it is hiccups, i hated how that felt, it scared me.
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one woman said her mw described it as the morrow(startle) reflex inutero.
seems to be vry common
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Sounds like hiccups to me.

mothragirl - I hated that feeling too.

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one woman said her mw described it as the morrow(startle) reflex inutero.
seems to be vry common
awwww! so you mean we might be startling the little peanut when they do this.....?? that is just too cute.. :

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I remember this feeling when I was pregnant! It was definately different from hiccups. Hiccups were a rythmic bump.... bump..... bump. The quiver was a very different sensation.

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I felt that once, with my first. Definitely NOT hiccups. I did some research on it and read that it's due to the baby's developing nervous system...

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This happens occasionally with mine too. It sure feels weird!
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I felt that once, with my first. Definitely NOT hiccups. I did some research on it and read that it's due to the baby's developing nervous system...
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My ds sometimes did that in utero, and for a while after he was born, too!
It's normal.

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Thanks everyone for the reassurance. I feel a little better now. I think I'll break down and ask my doctor when I go in for my next appt.

It's definitely not hiccups. I know that sensation - it's more regular, almost a slow drumbeat. The quivering is spastic, like someone said, and very rapid - too rapid to feel normal.

Glad to hear I am not the only one who has felt this!
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I think that this is quite normal. The baby starts being able to "feel" the environment around him/her I think and their nervous system develops.
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Right after I responded, ok well like a couple hours after, I had a similar sensation and was like, "Ohhhhhhh... that!"

It feels, to me, sort of like at this point (I'm 30 wks) there's still a lot of room & fluid in there, so it makes some movements feel like quivering the way if you had a sink full of water and you pushed it to make a wave with your hand... that was all I could come up with. Whether the baby is actually quivering, or its movements or reverberating in the fluid, from the number of people who said they've had it it doesn't sound like it's a bad thing!
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My dd3 did this. And when she was a newborn, for at least a few weeks, she would shake as she slept. It was like, "so THAT'S what was going on in there!" It scared me cuz epilepsy runs in dh's family but she was fine.

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My husband's brother is epileptic as well, so that was my first thought - oh no, fetal epilepsy! :

Thanks again to everyone for the replies. I think I just need to relax and stop worrying (yah, right!).
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I've felt something like that with this pregnancy a few times, not sure if I felt it the last time but supposedly you are more sensitive to movement the second time around. I am sure it is normal.

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All three of mine did that. In fact, this one just did it twice today. It is definitely not hiccups. It's just like the OP described - a quivering, shaking feeling like a seizure.

My ob also said it was from their nervous systems developing.
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I don't think its the startle reflex cause yesterday I had a sneezing fit and everytime I sneezed the baby startled . First time I felt that this pg and its def different than the quivering. I'm betting its more of the nervous system developing. Or like I said in the march ddc...babys got shivers down the spine lol.

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I have this too, just started a couple weeks ago

DEFINITELY NOT HICCUPS....I best described it in another thread as the baby having seizures. It's not rythmic at all and rather drastic. It happens at random times too. I never had this with my other 2.
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