Hi Mamma! Today I want to talk about the weirdness of pregnancy. There are a million crazy things going on in your body as your little one grows and develops.
After undergoing the extreme exhaustion and sickness of the first trimester, then the stretching, bloating, and general fun that occurs as you really start to expand, you’d expect to be prepared for whatever pregnancy throws at you.
I thought I was getting the hang of the whole pregnancy thing too, but I was wrong. One of the weirdest things that happened during pregnancy hit me in my third trimester. And it was butt hiccups.
What the heck are butt hiccups? Are fetal hiccups felt in your butt?
Ok – I know. It sounds crazy. Hiccups come from your diaphragm. How the heck can you feel them in your butt?
I’m not actually talking about hiccups that YOU get. I’m talking about fetal hiccups. The baby hiccups that happen in utero while your little one is still cooking. They’re sort of cute when you feel them for the first time in the womb.
Then, if you’re like me, your baby starts to get the hiccups every day. Your belly may even begin to visibly shake once your baby gets large enough. I was able to deal with all that. It wasn’t always fun, but was no worse than feeling like I got stabbed with a well-placed kick.
What I WASN’T prepared for was what happened when my baby turned head down.
During the latter part of my pregnancy, my baby was still getting hiccups every day. You will likely start to feel fetal hiccups even stronger as you get into your third trimester. One day I was going about my business and guys – I swear – my butt started to hiccup.
I was used to feeling the hiccups pretty high and only knew when my little moved if I got more jabs in one spot. All of a sudden she’d moved down and likely rotated. Her altered position combined with hiccups literally made it feel like I had hiccups in my tush.
For reasons on why baby hiccups, check out this article from The Bump.
Where do you normally feel fetal hiccups?
Typically baby hiccups feel like rhythmic thumping somewhere in your stomach. I had them high up on my left side for a while, but the location will change depending on how your baby is positioned. You might even see small twitches of your skin in conjunction with the hiccups.
If you’ve never had baby hiccuping in your butt, you likely won’t be able to describe it. If you have had it happen, you totally understand the concept of “butt hiccups.” It was insane.
You will know if this happens to you as there really isn’t any other explanation for what’s going on. The rhythmic hiccups and bumps you felt at the top of your belly (or sometimes on the side) have moved all the way down.
You can feel them low in your back closer to your butt. At first, I was convinced something was really wrong since I’d never felt her in that position before. As I moved through my last weeks of pregnancy I got more comfortable with what was going on, but gone were the cute little bumps of the early days.
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Should you worry when you feel your baby hiccup while pregnant?
Nope. They’re totally normal. Baby’s hiccups in the womb are actually a good sign that they’re able to inhale and exhale the amniotic fluid, and that their diaphragm is developing.
BUT I’ll caveat. If you feel an increase in your baby’s hiccups after 32 weeks, or she’s hiccuping more than four times a day you should check in with your OB.
There is a possibility that you have an umbilical cord issue that is causing the hiccups, but in general, you shouldn’t have a problem. Fetal hiccups are incredibly common, and the frequency varies from mom to mom and baby to baby. If you’ve been feeling your baby hiccup most of your pregnancy, you probably don’t have anything to worry about.
How can I get rid of my baby’s hiccups?
Unfortunately, I don’t have a great answer for this one. Hiccups are a normal part of your baby’s development and are one of the most common movements babies make. They’re actually a good sign as long as they’ve been occurring regularly and aren’t spontaneous at the very end of your pregnancy.
However, if the hiccups are really uncomfortable, you can try changing positions, moving, or eating or drinking something. It’s possible that the new stimulation may give your baby something else to do 🙂
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Why the heck did you write an entire post about baby hiccuping in the womb?
Mamma – I’m telling you this so you don’t freak out. Because I definitely did the first time I felt butt hiccups. I had no idea what I was feeling and was convinced my baby’s hiccups had gone off the reservation.
Nothing crazy is happening and hopefully your little will move a bit before the next bout so you can get some relief. They aren’t comfortable!
This is just another one of the joys of pregnancy, but nothing to be alarmed about. Just take a deep breath and push through. If you make it to the phase of having butt hiccups you’re getting much closer to actually meeting your little one. The baby is probably head down and getting lower. Just hang tight!
If you’ve ever experienced butt hiccups, let me know in the comments below. Feel free to pin or share this post and let other mammas know that what they’re feeling is normal 🙂