My baby seems to have the hiccups (spelling?) all the time, or I guess that is what it is. Is that normal? I have not asked my Dr. But why, and why so often? Does your baby do this? Who has asked there Doc? The hiccups are so strong that I have a hard time keeping my mind on what I am doing.
Oh yeah! This whole week my baby has had them EVERYDAY! She had them a couple of times during the latter tri but this last week its been every nite and usually after my evening meal. Why I don't know why but I think the dx told me that the baby has such small quarters now (for me 37 weeks) that her digestion is interfered or something like that. Absolutely nothing to worry about nor does it say anything about the future GI probs of the baby just that they are little people too. I do however drink a little bit of carbonated beverage at nite with my meal so this probably doesn't help.
Its a strange feeling isn't it when they have them. I can usually feel them in my rectum of all places!!
My son did that through the whole last trimester. My doctor told me it was the baby's way of telling you that his lungs are developed. Don't worry about them, take comfort in them. He should have no problem breathing on his own if he were to be born now.
Tiff, hiccups are actually caused by spasms of the diaphragm and esophogus. From what I've read, the baby begins to make breathing motions with the lungs and the diaphragm to strengthen them to get ready for birth, kind of "practice" breathing. The reason they get hiccups is BECAUSE there is no air in there for them to breathe. The repeated motion of the lungs and diaphragm can cause the spasms. Do this... without allowing any air to enter your mouth and nose, make the motions you normally would for breathing with your lungs and muscles. You can really feel the diaphragm and esophogus flexing, so it would be easy to imagine how baby could get hiccups. You could probably give yourself the hiccups if you did this repeatedly! Cool, huh?