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My Baby Has Hiccups!


Hiccups can be a big worry for many pregnant women and new moms. Why does their baby have them? Is their baby in pain from them? What can they do about them? Rest assured, most of the time the baby is not in pain, and the mother is more bothered by the fact that the hiccups have appeared, than the baby is having them.

my-baby-has-hiccups.jpgHiccups in Utero
Pregnant women often mention feeling their baby having hiccups while in the womb and wonder what causes this. These hiccups can start in the first trimester, but won’t be felt by mom until late in the second trimester or during the third trimester. Rarely do the hiccups bother the mother-to-be, however some moms might worry that it is hurting their baby.

The exact cause of your baby’s hiccups is unknown. However, many specialists believe that your baby’s hiccups may be helping to strengthen the diaphragm muscle in order to help the baby breathe both in the womb and once they are born. In many cases your baby will have the hiccups at the same time everyday.

Not only can hiccups be felt by the mom-to-be, but it can also be detected during an ultrasound and picked up on a Doppler while at the doctor’s office for a routine visit. After a woman has been assured that these hiccups are normal and are not bothering their baby, then they become something that can be looked forward to on a daily basis, much like their baby kicking.

Hiccups After Birth
If your baby had hiccups while in utero, it is very plausible that he will have the hiccups after he is born. Some babies that did not have them in utero may still have them after birth. Hiccups can start after birth as early as the day your baby is born. Like the hiccups your baby might have had in utero, these hiccups are generally not painful for your baby.

Hiccups after birth occur when the diaphragm muscle contracts causing your baby to take quick short breaths. Normally these hiccups go away after only a few minutes. If they are really bothering you, try burping your baby more often during feedings. To get them to stop you can try to feed your baby whether you are nursing or bottlefeeding. The constant sucking and swallowing can help that muscle relax and help the hiccups stop.

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118 Responses to “My Baby Has Hiccups!”

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  1. 118
    Lissette Says:

    My 4 year old son had them in utero and still gets them today. The frequency greatly diminished. I know call them hiccup days. Because when he gets them they come and go throughout the day. I am now 34 weeks pregnant with his brother and he gets them inutero too. I am worried that the same thing will happen but this time around won’t be so bad. I know what to expect.

  2. 117
    Gemma Says:

    My baba gets them too!
    I feel bad becuase I find them quite annoying but I know my baby cant help it.
    When baby does have them I get an old empty toilet or kitchen roll and put it on my belly where the hiccups are and my husband uses it to hear them!

  3. 116
    JungleEyes Says:

    I only worry about whether or not they are hurting my son when he has them, but otherwise they are only slightly painful (I’m 40 weeks and some days) when he’s pushing into my ribs when they start… I can’t wait to see him and make sure he’s ok! I find that calming myself down; meditating sort of, helps to make them go away. I wonder though if there’s any truth to the theory that after babies are born what MOM eats can cause hiccups for nursing newborns?!? Maybe eating cereal is giving my lactose intolerant baby hiccups in utero!? I hope not. We’ll see if he gets them when I breastfeed… Good Luck to all the newly forming families!! :)

  4. 115
    Nneka Edwards Says:

    Fetal Hiccups can mean that the baby is perfectly healthy or that the baby is not getting enough oxygen. I am the mother of a baby who was stillborn. She had hiccups like crazy and I was told that it was the sign of a healthy baby. My daughter was not getting enough oxygen and she died at 37 weeks.

    I would recommend testing if the baby has them too often just to play it safe.

  5. 114
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  6. 113
    Haley Says:

    Who cares if someone thinks the hiccups in utero are annoying? It’s not like they’re mad at the baby or love the baby any less. Jeeze lay off. I’m 31 weeks and my son had the hiccups 3 or 4 times a day, and yes I find it irritating at times. That doesn’t change the fact that I love him so much and can’t wait to finally meet him.

  7. 112
    Hiccups in the womb « Happy mother's diary Says:

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  8. 111
    Sonia Says:

    Im 25 weeks pregnant and I too feel it everytime when my baby gets the hiccups. At first it felt kinda weird and I was wondering what that was but then I read an article on here that expalined what it was and now I know every single time when she has them, this si my first baby so Im actually pretty happy that I get to feel all of her mmovements as I too thought that I would never be able to experience it for my own. It brings alot of joy to me and my husband :]

  9. 110
    Amanda Says:

    How lucky you are to be able to experience the joys of motherhood! I know I am , so before you think they are annoying think of all the women struggling to get to bs in place you are in an then maybe you will rub your tummy an think of what a miracle you have been blessed with instead of how “annoying” those little hiccups that some women are just dying to feel just once!!! I know I am loving every minute bc I am one of those women who was told she may not be able to have kids, an everytime I heard a pregnant woman complain I wanted to just yell an scream an cry.

  10. 109
    Amanda Says:

    Those of you that think they are annoying I am going to ask were your pregnancies planned??? I think you need to regroup an think h

  11. 108
    Marlin Says:

    I’m 13 to 14 wks pregnant now and i keep getting bothersom hickups this my first pregnancy so i don’t know whether its my baby or something else? I need some advise please.

  12. 107
    amanda Says:

    I am 32 weeks pregnanat, and my baby girl gets hiccups every morning. As soon as I get up for my morning pee and lay back down I can feel the constant rythmic beat of her hiccuping!! Its so cool. It makes it all the more real!! I am happy to know that it is healthy!! I cant wait to see her!!! good luck moms!!!

  13. 106
    Carolyn Says:

    I’m 38 1/2 weeks pregnant and don’t find baby’s hiccupping annoying at all, I was just wondering if there’s anything I could do to help her. Or if there’s a reason beyond what I read. I agree with Richard about it being more concerning and one trying to help than anything else.

    This is my third child, and I don’t recall the hiccuping to be as intense or consistent. I believe with my son I didn’t even feel them. He was born at 37 1/2 weeks, though, so perhaps no complete maturity there.

  14. 105
    Alice Says:

    My baby used to hiccup all the time in the utero and she still had the hiccups after she was born quite frequently. Not only did it not seem to bother her but she actually seems more cheerful when she hiccups! The hiccups also stops her from crying maybe because it provides a distraction from whatever she was annoyed at? Anyway she grew out of it and it had never caused her problems.
    My second one now is 7 months and he is having the hiccups in the utero as I type hahaha..

  15. 104
    Lexie Says:

    I’m 28 weeks pregnant and it feels like the baby has like spasms it will last a couple seconds then go away but i have been really really worried that it could be seizures.. i hope its not that but does anyone know if that is what hicups feel like kinda fast like spasms???

  16. 103
    Cathy Says:

    I am 31 weeks pregnant and my baby has been having the hiccups at least 3 times a day for the past week and a half. At first my husband felt so bad for our lil’ guy, but I knew it was normal as all my girlfriends had that with their children too. My husband still had quite a huge concern as the frequency of the hiccups grew, so he researched it and found it is very normal as the baby is learning to practice using his lungs. That made us both smile knowing that he is ok in there. Although – I do agree with most ladies here, it can’t be a little irritating to feel the constant twitter in your belly, but so worth it as I am sure you all agree. My lil’ man has the hiccups now actually! How convenient!! haha. Good luck everyone.

  17. 102
    Tiffany Says:

    I am 36 weeks now and my baby has hiccups ALL the time. This is my second child, but with my first one on our first trimester ultrasound my daughter had hiccups that looked extremely violent although I could not feel them. The doc said it was normal, so I was okay with that.
    This pregnancy, my baby has hiccups atleast 3-4 times a day. I haven’t noticed if it is at the same time everyday, but I think I’m going to start watching the clock. His hiccups do not bother me…I actually get a little excited when he starts to hiccup. So I guess it’s different strokes for different folks. Either way it goes, hiccups are not harmful to the baby and thats the bottom line!

  18. 101
    Helen Says:

    I’m 33 weeks preg according to my doc the babys already dropped. So when my little one hiccups it’s really low and yea can cause a bit of discomfort. I have been awake now for hours , as most pregnant women are closer to end of pregancy and my baby has the hiccups again. When I’m awak I love the hiccups, once I found out it wasn’t painful to my baby I loved to have my loved ones watch and feel the hiccups. However , at the moment I’m really sleepy and would love to have some sleep but soon as I fall asleep I either have to pee or get kicked or hicups wake me. What’s annoying about that is that I have to work in the morning. I don’t think there is anything wrong with feeling that way! I’d love to find the parent who is sleep deprived and over worked yet jumps for joy when the baby cries at 330 am for the 8th time. To anyone on here who said it’s annoying and got slack for that just remember that everyone on this site came here for the same reason, concern for ur little one. That shows regardless of this
    heated debate eveyone on here will or already is an amazing parent!

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