Baby Hiccups in Womb: Why, Where and When

Small, sudden vibrations are coming from your belly and it feels like your fetus is hiccuping. Is that even possible? Let us introduce you to the fact of the day – your fetus does hiccup. Why does your baby hiccup, and where and when does it happen?

How do baby hiccups in womb feel like?

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You won’t be able to bear witness to it with your own eyes, but your fetus hiccups. Although some moms will probably not notice it, it is but one of the many movements your fetus is capable of.

Fetal movements usually start and stop quickly, but hiccups carry on for some time, and they have a somewhat regular pattern to it. You might worry if the baby is in agony, or if the hiccups are indications of disabilities or some problems, but there is no need to be.

From when will I feel baby hiccups in womb


If you haven’t yet experienced your baby’s hiccups, it might be difficult to imagine what it could be like. Moms who have experienced it find it extremely fascinating.

The fetus might start hiccuping sometime around Week 21 (Month 5). You might feel this earlier or later, but this doesn’t mean that something is wrong. Also, there’s nothing wrong with your baby or you even if you don’t feel any hiccups throughout pregnancy – remember everyone is different and every baby is different! You could have overlooked it too.

Where will I feel baby hiccups

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Baby’s hiccups might have you taken aback when you felt it for the first time – it could have felt like a bubbling or a spasm. Hiccups, unlike other fetal movements, can be worrying, but now that you know what those movements could be, there is no need to worry all-day-long.
When the diaphragm is irritated, it is pulled down suddenly and the vocal cords close up suddenly, causing hiccups to form. As your baby is still small, the hiccups in your belly will be small, mild convulsions.

Hiccups in babies are like hiccups in adults; think of them happening on a smaller scale. The hiccuping is usually located right below your navel – you might feel mild convulsions there. Or, if you have a breech baby, you might feel the hiccuping above your navel.

Why does baby hiccup in the womb?

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The causes of a baby hiccuping in the womb aren’t yet unknown. However, the fetus is drinking amniotic fluid in utero, so it is thought that any small particles that are in the amniotic fluid can cause the baby to hiccup. The baby spits such particles back out into the amniotic fluid through hiccuping.

Some people say that because babies have to survive in the world after being born, they need to experience in utero what they might experience here on earth to help them get used to it – hence the hiccups. Logically, science tells us that a fetus has a diaphragm, so like adults, hiccups might be produced as a sign that the diaphragm is irritated.

Effect of baby hiccups in womb on fetus

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If your baby hiccups for the whole day, or for a very long time, you might start to wonder if your baby isn’t doing too well. However, there are adults who can’t seem to stop their hiccups, so there are also fetuses who aren’t able to stop their hiccups.

Although it can’t be helped that you’ll inevitably worry for your baby if they are hiccuping for what seems like forever, you really do not have to let it weigh too much on your mind. Unlike adults, babies are still “in-training” and don’t have fully formed lungs to help them breathe right yet, but they’re working on it. It’s practice, and hiccuping (or fetal movement in general) is a sign that your baby is doing well. So, don’t worry!

Newborn infants or infants might hiccup as well, and this might be evidence enough that hiccup is actually normal.

Baby hiccup is not a hiccup in Baby’s growth

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There is no treatment or way to stop your fetus from hiccuping in the womb, but it is, after all, not an illness! Don’t think about trying to stop it and get stressed out in the process of doing so. Hiccups are part and parcel of life, so happily let your fetus have a taste of the life to come. Don’t fret, remember that it’s normal, and don’t let your baby’s hiccup become a hiccup in your pregnancy journey.