Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hiccups

Over the last week, Baby has become a chronic hiccuper!  It usually lasts about 10 minutes and feels like a constant twitching in my belly.  Baby gets them 2-3 times a day, usually around 4pm and in the evening (8-9pm).  I did some research and here's an explanation of what they're all about, according to GrowingYourBaby.com: 

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.
While the exact cause of baby’s hiccups is unknown, many specialists believe that they 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 the 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 mom-to-be 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.

I have to admit, at first it's cute, but after 10 minutes it starts to get a bit irritating (especially when I'm at work and unable to focus!).  That said, it's so comforting to feel all the movement (or should I say arms and legs pushing out of my stomach) and know Baby is okay.

I'm now 30 weeks and two days.  Only 7.5 weeks left of work, and less than 10 weeks until Baby arrives.  So much to do!!!

1 comment:

  1. My baby gets the hiccups too...drives me crazy, but I love knowing he is ok too!

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