21 December, 2018


Fetal Hiccups: What they are and should you see a doctor?

Fetal hiccups refer to the little movements that the diaphragm makes when the baby begins to practice breathing. The amniotic fluid enters into the baby’s lungs when it tries to inhale, and causes the diaphragm to contract, causing hiccups. These are nothing to worry about and are a normal part of fetal development.

Causes of Baby Hiccups

Fetal hiccups occur due to various reasons such as:

  1. Contractions in the diaphragm are one of the main causes of fetal hiccups. As the fetus sucks in amniotic fluid, the diaphragm contracts, causing the hiccups.
  2. Development of fetal reflexes, where the fetus is trying to suck fingers or thumb can also cause hiccups.
  3. Cord compression can also lead to fetal hiccups when the umbilical cord winds along the fetal neck, limiting the flow of oxygen.
  4. The brain may find it necessary to practice reflux when swallowing food or expelling wastes that might also lead to fetal hiccups. It is a healthy process that strengthens the heart muscles and respiration.

Ways to ease Fetal Hiccups

Baby hiccups do not pose any health problems to either the mom or the baby. However, they could be extremely annoying and disturb you, especially when you’re trying to sleep. Here are some ways to ease the discomfort from fetal hiccups:

  • When you feel the hiccups, try taking a walk. This will shift the baby’s position, relaxes the diaphragm and even make the baby sleep.
  • Fetal hiccups could also develop when you’re low on fluid levels. Drink enough water to avoid discomfort.
  • Eat a light snack or meal containing protein. This can help your body relax and helps your baby sleep.
  • Avoid holding your breath to stop the hiccups. This may not be good for your baby’s health.

These are few tips that may help stop the fetal hiccups. In most cases, they go away on their own. Fetal hiccups are harmless and do not require medical attention. However, if you experience a sudden increase or if they last longer or feel stronger than usual, see your doctor about it. An ultrasound can help the doctor understand your baby’s condition. For any other query about fetal development, see our doctors at KIMS Cuddles.

*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.


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20 November, 2021

5 easy ways to reduce stress during pregnancy

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10 November, 2023

5 best ways to avoid premature labour

The average length of a human gestation is 280 days or 40 weeks. The gestation period is usually counted from the first day of woman’s last menstrual period. It’s good and healthier for babies not to be born before they’re due. If the labour starts before 37 weeks of pregnancy, then it is usually called as premature labour. In this case, the baby is not fully grown and is not entirely ready to come into the outside world.In premature labour, the mother is unable to carry her baby for the full 9-month term. There are a number of reasons behind the preterm labour, including traumas, accidents and unpredictable diseases. Although the reasons are not clear, here are the common and best advisable ways to avoid premature labour.Learn what you can do to prevent early labour!  See your health care provider early and regularly during your pregnancy. Prenatal care is designed over the years to minimise the risk and complications of pregnancy. A good health care provider can ensure and plan your pregnancy. Attend all prenatal appointments with your doctor and have all the screening tests to check your health and your baby’s health. Understand the common problems of the pregnancy and check the root causes in case of complications. Understanding the root causes will help you and
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25 October, 2021

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic Pain Pelvic pain is pain in the lower part of the abdomen and pelvis. It can stem from multiple causes. Pelvic pain arises from the conditions associated with reproductive, urinary or digestive systems, or from muscles and ligaments in the pelvis. Pelvic pain can be due to irritation of nerves in the pelvis. Chronic pelvic pain is constant or intermittent pelvic pain for six months or more. Pelvic pain may spread to lower back, buttocks or thighs. Pelvic pain can also be situational, such as while using the bathroom or have sex. Causes More than one condition can lead to Pelvic pain. Common causes of acute pelvic pain Ovarian cyst– it is fluid-filled bubble arising from an ovary and causes pelvic pain when it ruptures or becomes twisted Acute pelvic inflammatory disease– a bacterial infection of the reproductive organs, which often follows a chlamydia or gonorrhoea infection and needs immediate treatment with Antibiotics. Ectopic Pregnancy (or other pregnancy-related conditions) Miscarriage or intrauterine fetal death Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) Mittelschmerz (ovulation pain) Appendicitis â€“ a painful swelling of the appendix which usually causes pain on the lower right-hand side of your abdomen Peritonitis– inflammation of the peritoneum; it causes sudden abdominal pain that gradually becomes more severe and requires emergency treatment Urinary tract infection – it will cause pain or a burning sensation while urination Kidney stones Constipation or
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