Hiccups During Pregnancy: Causes And Relief Tips

Just like several other problems that appear during the first trimester in pregnant women, hiccups is one of them. Though not as significant as other problems, hiccups during pregnancy can bother women to a great extent.

From making uncomfortable to making it difficult in eating, hiccups, if they drag for long time, can be tiring and irritating.

Though some people think that hiccups during pregnancy is a good sign, in a way that everything during pregnancy is considered a good omen, but they sure are annoying.

What are the Causes of Hiccups?

Hiccups are caused because of the spasmodic contraction of a muscle in your chest area known as the diaphragm, which causes an involuntary action.

Hiccups are often caused by a combination of eating and drinking too quickly or too much. You can also get them if you laugh while you eat or drink.

There can be a number of reasons behind your constant hiccups. Indigestion is a common culprit as well as shortness of breath. Here we discuss a few of them:

1. Change in Breathing Pattern

When you’re pregnant, you draw in more air through your lungs than normal.  Pregnancy entails a greater demand of oxygen in your body. So your lungs accommodate by drawing in more air, supposedly 30-40% more.

This excess inhaling and exhaling allows your pregnant body to function normally. This change in your breathing pattern might be the reason behind your constant, nagging hiccups.

The physiological changes in the abdomen during pregnancy can also cause hiccups.

2. Hyper-awareness

Sometimes, your mind is aware about a particular thing and when you pay attention to your breathing patterns more, you might feel that you have a hiccup. This might cause hiccups to prolong.

Being more observant and concerned for small discrepancy like hiccups will extend it further. As most hiccups disappear without any any deliberate treatment, all you need to do is stop becoming hyper-aware and start to think less concerned.

Baby Hiccups: What are Fetal Hiccups?

Does your baby hiccup too? There is no need to panic. This is a completely natural and common phenomenon.

Fetal hiccups are caused because your baby is breathing in the amniotic fluid found in your womb. This fluid enters the fetus’s lungs and the diaphragm is contracted as a result to get it out. Hence, the hiccups.

When your baby hiccups, you will feel continuous, small jerks akin to the heartbeats that you are used to. This can go on for more than an hour.

Pregnant mothers will feel their baby hiccup frequently during the last trimester. This is a phenomenon common in all babies and there is no need for concern as it actually signifies that your little one is doing just fine.

Fetal hiccups also occur during the first or second trimester but mothers are less likely to feel these during the early stages.

Hiccups are common in newborns too.

Should You Be Worried?

Your hiccups may advance as your pregnancy does. Normally, there is nothing to worry about hiccups as they aren’t threatening to you or your baby.

However, if you feel that this is something more serious and unusual then you should seek medical attention. It is always the wiser choice to be precautious when you are pregnant.

There are medications that you can take in the case of excessive hiccups. But, you absolutely must consult your doctor first before taking any medications.

How to Get Rid of Hiccups during Pregnancy?

There are many easy tricks that can help you get rid of these annoying discrepancies. You can find several easy-to-do home remedies on the internet.  To save you from tiresome remedy sleuthing, here are a few tricks from around the web.

Try some of the tips given below and hopefully you’ll be free of the hiccups!

1. Drink Water

This is obvious to everyone who gets the hiccups. Drinking water is the most effective way to remedy hiccups. You should drink an entire glass of water in a single turn if you want this to work. Smaller gulps of water usually don’t work for some people. Some people also find it effective to gargle water.

Another trick is to drink water while plugging your ears. Drink water with a straw while plugging both ears.

2. Hold Your Breath

Slowly inhale deeply and hold it for some time. Exhale slowly and repeat until the hiccups stop. It is supposed that breathing into a paper bag is also effective. But don’t put the bag over your head, it can get stuffy in there.

3. Sugar under Your Tongue

Raise your tongue and put a spoonful of sugar under it. Wait for it to dissolve and swallow the sugary liquid.

4. Pull Out Your Tongue

This trick is also known to do the magic. You will look stupid while doing this and people may take offence if you do it in public but at least you get rid of the devils. Stick out your tongue as far as you can. This helps to ease the diaphragm.

5. Suck on a Wedge of Lime

Slice a lime and put the wedge in your mouth. You can also make yourself a concoction of lime, ginger and honey. Make sure you gulp it in one go.

Everyone has their troubles with hiccups. But during pregnancy, when there’s a little baby in question, this might cause unnecessary and heightened worry for the mother. There isn’t a need for panic.

You can use many tricks, similar to these, to rid yourself from hiccups. But, if you think it’s a serious complication then you should definitely not hesitate to consult your doctor.

Sadhana Sharma
 

Sadhana is a keen researcher and writer with a curious bent of mind for motherhood and pregnancy.

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