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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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DianneW
3 months 22 days ago
Hi guys, I’m in 33 weeks now, with a baby estimated at 2.2kg. Actually, for me, my boy’s hiccups are a little more than annoying. I feel nauseous every time he has them and he’s having them a lot. It’s like he’s pressing some areas in my belly and that’s making me really sick. Nothing helps, but stretching on my left side, and even like that it takes a lot of waiting before they stop. He’s moving all the time, btw, which can be painful. He’s moved like this since the end of the first trimester and the doctor tells… Read more »
Angela
1 year 1 month ago
Hi to all mother’s pregnancy is different for everyone… And this is my 14th pregnancy but third live birth…I have been able to feel my baby girl all the way through this pregnancy I’m 29 weeks now and I’ve been able to actually enjoy every little experience I have with my baby girl…I am high risk and our baby girl is a miracle cause I was told I couldn’t have kids after my two babies.. But here I am carrying a miracle given too me..I actually appreciate every moment movement hiccups kicks elbowing punching it’s amazing to me…the throwing up… Read more »
Lissette
4 years 7 months ago

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.

Gemma
4 years 10 months ago

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!

4 years 10 months ago
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!?… Read more »
Nneka Edwards
4 years 11 months ago

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.

4 years 11 months ago

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Haley
5 years 19 days ago

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.

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Sonia
5 years 3 months ago

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 :]

Amanda
5 years 4 months ago
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… Read more »
Amanda
5 years 4 months ago

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

Marlin
5 years 5 months ago

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.

amanda
5 years 5 months ago

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!!!

Carolyn
5 years 10 months ago

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.

Alice
5 years 10 months ago

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..

Lexie
5 years 11 months ago

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???

Cathy
5 years 11 months ago
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.… Read more »
Tiffany
6 years 1 month ago
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… Read more »
Helen
6 years 1 month ago
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… Read more »
Erin
6 years 1 month ago
I am 29 weeks and I just started to notice the hiccups last week I think baby had them way prior to that but it was so faint it just felt like a tick in my lower abdomen. I dont think they are annoying at all but I still have 11 weeks to deal with them lol so we shall see if I change my tune about baby hiccups. I am relieved to know they are completely normal and nothing to worry about. I find somtimes the baby moving is definitely uncomfortable especially when he gets under my ribs or… Read more »
Amanda
6 years 2 months ago

Wow…annoying. That’s sad ANYONE would say something like that about their unborn child that doesn’t have any control over it. I love when my baby gets the hiccups. Its showing me he’s doing great and everythings okay. Seems like some people need to take a chill pill and be SO thankful they even were blessed enough to become pregnant. Ill find you a lot of women that would die to take your place and can’t have children. I’m sure they would never in a million years think their baby hiccuping is ANNOYING. Good luck to you lol

ILoveMyBabies
6 years 2 months ago
Hey every one! I am now 24 weeks pregnant with baby girl number 2 and for the first time out of my pregnancies i am feeling my little baby have the hiccups.I was not sure what to think about it at first and then i wondered if it were possible for them to get hiccups in the womb and sure enough they can and that with out a doubt what i was feeling.I thought it was really cute and yet i felt bad for her because i know how annoying hiccups are when we gt them!I do understand how many… Read more »
ILoveMyBabies
6 years 2 months ago

Hey every one! I am now 24 weeks pregnant with baby girl number 2!

ellie
6 years 2 months ago

Im 34 weeks pregnant with my second baby, my first never had noticeable hiccups in the womb but this one suffers around 5-6 times a day. i notice that a sudden change of movement, such as moving from my left side to my right as quickly as physically possible can sometimes make them go away x

Sharalee
6 years 2 months ago

I’m 29 weeks pregnant and my baby seems to have hickups almost all day long non-stop. Does get rather annoying… I even think he’s annoyed by them. He has been repositioning himself more than ever, maybe trying to get away from them. lol

Lindsey
6 years 2 months ago

I am 33 weeks pregnant and just found out so i am completely amazed by everything my little baby is doing. she has the hiccups at least three times a day, adn i absolutely love it. she even had the hiccups the first time we saw her on the ultrasound! shes truley a blessing and i love to feel any movement from her. =)

dupsy
6 years 3 months ago

Baby hiccups is very cute, i look forward to them. At least it gives me assurance that baby is alive and doing well… Goodluck to us all

Dupsy 23weeks preg…

Lynn
6 years 3 months ago
Im 21 weeks and 2 days pregnant and I am honestly ready for the pregnancy to be over and my baby to be in my arms, there are some days when I feel great and can be very positive, But I think that what some of you are forgetting is that every pregnancy is different. For those of you who are able to keep working and have a relativly low risk pregnancy, then yea you can enjoy every little thing. In my case everything that happens for a first time makes me panic. (I could feel some repetitive pressure in… Read more »
Anon
6 years 3 months ago

Ladies, freedom of speech.. jeez get a life! Enough with ANNOYING and picking on poor Richard, he was just saying!

Mel
6 years 5 months ago

Glad i found this page!! I am 34 1/2 weeks now and for the last couple of weeks my little one has been hiccuping every day too. At first i found it cute, but some days it can last for an hour at a time!! He is doing it right now! Anyways, good luck to you all out there and being a first time mum, i have to say im very excited to meet the little guy in 5 ish weeks.

Melissa
6 years 5 months ago

More than anything I am glad to see some of you post that you want the baby out of you and in your arms! Its not that I’m not enjoying pregnancy but some of you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned that you want control of your body back. And though the kicking is nice to feel, I can’t wait till my stomach is back in its original spot and I am back to being one person! 🙂

Great posts. Thanks for sharing.

Larissa
6 years 6 months ago
I´m 30 weeks pregnant and I´ve been feeling my baby hiccups for a while now, I honestly haven´t been tracking because I already knew it shouldn´t be a cause of concern, and I was even looking forward to feeling it! lol When I get hiccups myself, I do find it extremely annoying, especially because I am desperatly trying to stop it, with not much success! And it´s so funny how it gets worse in public! My baby hiccups annoying? Not really! I mean, they are distractful indeed, but I´d never put it as annoying!!! They seem to last longer than… Read more »
Random Lady
6 years 6 months ago
I’m 34wks pregnant, also a Type 1 Diabetic with my first (and last) son. I feel him hiccup ALL the time and I LOVE it. I have been so worried about his health because he is gaining weight rapidly. I knew it would be tough considering I have Diabetes, but he is doing wonderful and is healthy in every way minus the rapid weight gain. I did some research on hiccuping unborn babies and I read in a few places that it means the baby is very healthy and that their lungs are maturing, so they won’t have any lung/breathing… Read more »
Corie
6 years 6 months ago
I am 35 weeks and 5 days pregnant. This is my second child, with my son now preparing to turn 8 years soon. I was more so bothered by the fact that I thought for the longest my baby was having a seizure, but my OB physician reassured me that it was more than likely hiccups. Even though this never occured with my son. Anyhow, they occur on a daily basis more than 5 or 6 times a day and they are sporatic and continuous for 1 or more hours at times. I just pray they won’t become intractable and… Read more »
Samantha
6 years 7 months ago

I went to the doctor today and told him about hiccups. He said “They could be movements because babies tend to move a lot”, yeah right “movements” pattern of hiccups are surely not movements from my baby. I’m relieved they’re normal but I think it has something to do with the way I sit… My frame is so small and my poor baby is probably squished a lot..and the hiccups.. they do get a bit annoying. Once I thought it was my own hiccups held my breathe for a second and realized it was my little ones lol.

maria brown
6 years 7 months ago
FINALY somebody 2 relate with. i am 20 an had my baby girl 6 months ago. when i went 4 my 1st scan @ 13 weeks. she picked up that my girl had the hiccups (ti found that sooo cute, and she said there nothing 2 worry about) then at about 6 months pregnant i started feeling her have the hiccups CONSTANTLY. Like every Few hours. i loved it any movement from my baby gave me “Piece 2 my mind” 🙂 NOW my girl is 6 months, and every time she tries to laugh, gets excited or scared she gets… Read more »
Valerie
6 years 7 months ago
sooo.. i’m not even 29 weeks yet and my baby has had the hiccups every day since 25 weeks. i think it’s neat that he got them so early, it’s making me think that i’m a little further along then they say, since i don’t know my LMP my EDD could be different which i’m not sure if a few days matters really. but i’m very glad his lungs are developing and also i feel his head a lot lower which gives me reason to believe he is in the right position for birth already. this pregnancy has been such… Read more »
persy
6 years 7 months ago

i’m 32 weeks and i think they are amazing i used to drink water just to make the little angel feel better i don’t if it help but i’m just being a mom and they are not annoying really that’s rather cold, Let’s thank God that these little angels have hiccups and letting us that they are alive what a beautiful thing God created. And our bodies are amazing caring a baby is no child play. be blessed.

Laura
6 years 7 months ago

I am just over 32 weeks pregnant. My daughter has had hiccups for at least the last month and they happen as many as 7 times a day and average from 5 minutes to 10 minutes in length. I don’t have any alarm when they happen I simply laugh and ignore it as best as I can, but they do distract me and I think they are super cute.

ashleigh
6 years 8 months ago

i am not pregnant anymore my daughter is 13 weeks old and has had hiccups every single day of her life atleast 3 times a day sumtimes up to 6 or 7 times in 1 day, they are painful for her and i always bring up good amounts of wind but nothing helps…any ideas?

Nikki
6 years 9 months ago

I too get hiccups daily at 35 weeks….had them since about 28 weeks.

One note to all the moms out there saying “I feel them low in my abdomen so that must mean baby is head down…” not true! I feel my hiccups right down low in my pelvis and baby is definitely BREECH (ultrasound yesterday). I think it may be baby’s bum moving from the hiccup??? I dunno, but feeling low hiccups isn’t a surefire sign of headdown position!

ps- I love feeling hiccups once I learned that they are safe!

6 years 10 months ago
I am 35 weeks pregnant with my 6th child. Just found out I have gdm at the start of my 34th week. was hospitalized for 7 days because of uncontrolled blood glucose which were causing pre-term labor. had twins 2 years ago and experienced hiccups with every lats pregnancy. i have been on bedrest for most of my pregnancy due to other complications. i sleep sitting up most nights, that’s when i can sleep for a few hours. i feel very blessed to be able to feel that new life inside of me and know he’s still ticking away just… Read more »
Marielle
6 years 10 months ago
i am 33 weeks pregnant and i love my little baby more than anything, but i’m sorry, when the hiccups start right when i want to go to sleep, and there is at least 1-2 hiccups per second for about 20 minutes or more, i think we have a right to call them ANNOYING! i’ve read a lot of pregnancy books and i know quite well that they are nothing to be concerned about at all. i can feel the hiccups more when i am laying down, so of course when i get them when i’m about to sleep it’s… Read more »
6 years 11 months ago
Anna they are a very rhythmic movement and feeling when they get them (just as when we get them) I found out my daughter had them at one of my many NST when the doctors office told me she was having them (until then I just thought she was kicking or punching to the music that we were listening to then) . I loved feeling my daughter move inside me no matter what she was doing (her older brother never had the hiccups in the womb.) My daughter is 3 weeks old now and she still gets them all the… Read more »
anna
6 years 11 months ago

im about 4 months pregnant. how do i know if my baby has the hiccups?? it sounds so cute!

Leah
6 years 11 months ago

I am 32 weeks preg and she has the hiccups probably three times a day. Its really cute, but every single movement/hiccup I love because it reassures me she is there and she is doing okay! I feel bad for her when she has them sometimes, like maybe it was something I did, ate or drank! but supposedly babies are not in pain when they hiccup in utero.

6 years 11 months ago
I loved it!! When I read her comment, I laughed so hard I peed, which is another great trait of being pregnant. I am 34 weeks with my 2nd daughter, and ready to be done. Being pregnant is NOT fun. The only thing I have to look forward too until she gets here, is oreo’s and tylenol!! That doen’t make me immature, or give the baby “negative vibes” FREAK….. Although newborns are a lot of work, I very much enjoy being a mother, but getting to that point sucks. And it takes forever. Her hiccups everynight night as I crawl… Read more »
Isaias
6 years 11 months ago

My little girl is 3 days old and has had hiccups EVERYDAY. I was sooo nervous, wondering if she was ok. I am relieved to hear that the hiccups are not harming her. I still don’t like to see her like that, makes me feel helpless, and sorry I can’t help.

shanon
7 years 1 month ago

hear hear mia!!!
Its amazing having this little wonder inside me especially sincy i thought i would never have any kids of my own and after having a miscariage, but after 35 weeks I also have had enough…. uncomfortable nights with numb and painfull legs, sore back and not to mention those hickups. Even find myself holding my breath as if it is me having the hickups!! haha!!
good luck to u all…

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