Wednesday, February 10, 2010


So the fetal hiccups have begun in earnest. Please don't make me explain why that is upsetting. I am sure I have blogged about it before, but am much too tired to look for the post. Here is my internal dialogue:

This is when they start. Sometimes hiccups are just hiccups. You have weeks to go before it is safe for baby to come. What are you going to do, start again with the charts and the timers? What if our great new OB thinks that I am a nut job for believing this whole hiccup hypothesis? What if I lose my mind over all of this and have to go on stress leave?

Yep. Fun times.

Remember, self, that fetal hiccups ARE normal. Even multiple episodes of hiccups CAN be normal.

Perhaps this is where the anxiety starts to ramp up. It was bound to happen. I was far too zen.


Rosepetal said...

I definitely remember the hiccups and your previous posts on it. I haven't felt any yet but with Beanie I fled to the hospital one night in tears because of the hiccups. Sigh.

If you have to go on stress leave, then go on stress leave, I say. Not sure how the medical system where you are works, but here it is pretty good in that it's termed as sick leave and doesn't come off your maternity leave in any way, unlike in the UK where time off before the baby comes is deducted from time off with the baby.

Catherine said...

{{{hugs}}} There's not much I can say...except I'm sorry your zen bubble seems to have burst. One day at a time, my friend.

Pipsylou said...

Did you know, I already get anxious about being pregnant and constantly worrying about the baby and I'm not even pregnant?

It sucks.

I'm hoping you have more zen days than not.

kate said...

Ya, no kidding.

There is a protocol. Hiccups are hiccups unless they go on for X-long/Y-often. Someone with better google-fu than i can find the protocol, or you can just ask Dr. Collins. Actually, i bet you know from BB's pg. What's the protocol, girl?

OTOH, we all know about protocols and statistics. On the other other hand, most babies live.

kate said...

PS. Although this is a totally worthless comment WRT science...Chloe was my most hiccuping baby & she is fine. Well, to be more accurate, she is a load of trouble and my most difficult, stubborn, strong-willed, dramatic child.... :)

Pipsylou said...

I don't buy the hiccup/stillbirth thing. If this is the case, why does EVERY mother I know talk about her baby having hiccups?

I'm just sayin'.

Pipsylou said...

p.s. I HATE that I Just googled stillbirth/hiccups. ONE MORE THING to worry about when I am pregnant (yet I refuse to worry)

delphi said...

Rach, you're not allow to borrow my worries. :) You have plenty of your own.

The reason I have so fully bought into the whole hiccup theory is that C was so consistent with his hiccups. He would have 5 or 6 episodes daily, each lasting for at least 20 minutes. I often made jokes about how C's hiccups were so predictable (I try not to think about that much...). BB had hiccups, but not of that frequency or duration.

Here's the thing, though. What difference does it make if I chart out hiccups and their frequency? First, it is just a hypothesis that there is a connection - a hypothesis that hasn't been well-tested or documented, thus something that not every OB is going worry about (I haven't brought it up with mine). Secondly, there is no way that an OB is going to deliver this baby before 36-37 weeks, anyway, regardless of hiccups. Unless there was another very pressing reason to do so, of course. So really, hiccups are just something to worry about; there is no course of action to take once we have confirmed high frequency/duration of hiccups. Of course, we can do extra BPPs and NSTs, but that is going to happen anyway. So the hiccup count is rather meaningless.

Which is why I am trying not to stress. You can see how rationally I think this through in the morning. You should see me at 2 a.m.