Why Do Babies Get Hiccups In Womb?


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After the months long wait for your little one to grow from millimeters to inches in your belly, you are now in your second trimester. You can feel every movement of your kid; the kicking, moving and turning of your little baby is probably inducing happy, heart-warming tears and gurgles of laughter in you and your hubby!

Observing and analyzing these subtle and drastic movement in your abdomen is inevitable to understand the growth and anomalies of your baby’s progress. If you start feeling a spasm, a long rhythmic movement or tiny jumping contractions in your belly, be sure to laugh aloud and know that your little one has started hiccupping already. Don’t worry, these hiccups are the ultimate signal to a baby’s healthy and growing respiratory system functions.

Why Do Babies Get Hiccups In Womb?

Baby hiccups while pregnant are felt in proper scale and are a necessary evidence to infer the baby’s right growing patterns. How often do babies get hiccups in the womb? The hiccupping starts in babies only after the complete Central Nervous System (CNS) is produced which equips the babies to breathe.

Actually, fetal hiccups originate in the early first trimester itself but are non-evident due to the fact that they are tiny blobs. These become extremely obvious towards the last stages of the third trimester.

The hiccups feel like mild, bumblebee kisses or tapping in the inflated belly and also cause obvious movements in the abdomen. This is not a situation to panic as every baby hiccups regularly and for a long period of time in the second and third trimester and mostly every day.

Futuristic Reflexes:

Certain steadfast babies, yes the active babies, who pound your abdomen repeatedly with contracting motions, are the ones who are too restless to come out. These fetal hiccups are supposedly the baby’s impatience and preparation to start the breastfeeding mechanism. They imitate the process and end up getting the hiccups.

So, when it’s time for the baby to get delivered, they come out with red little sores on various parts of the body that they sucked on, which is just so incredibly cute, although this is just one of the multiple reasons for why do babies get hiccups in womb.

Contracting Diaphragm:

These hiccups are the resultant reactions of the fetus breathing entirely in the amniotic acid. After the production of the CNS, the amniotic acid flows in and out of the fetus’s lungs making the diaphragm to contract involuntarily and in excess. This results in the hiccups.

Compressed Umbilical Cord:

This is by far the most serious medical condition which, if ignored, puts your fetus’s life in danger. It occurs because of the limited or no air supply to your baby due to the congestion and wrapping around of the umbilical cord around the neck. This results in the uneven increase in the heart supply and subsequent reduction of its blood flow to the fetus.

If a pregnant second or third trimester woman feels the irregularity, reduced intensity or duration in the fetus’s hiccups or normal kicking, then you must seek medical attention immediately.

Make Sure You’re Okay:

Enjoy the hopping, bouncing and kicking little angels inside your belly till they come out and brighten everything. For this, make sure you record all your little ones’ movements without any speculations and suspicion, but thorough confirmation only.

Always take care to analyze and confirm the movements of your baby. If necessary, consult your doctor to be confident about the strangeness of the movement which is indeed the best resort than having absolutely no movement to be detected of your baby. An ultrasound scan can also be availed to confirm the fetal hiccups that are displayed as the bounced in the respective scan of the abdomen.

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Have a happy and healthy pregnancy!

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