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A 23-year-old male asked:

is it normal for a 23 week old fetus to constantly have hiccups? if so what causes it? and is it harmful to the fetus?

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Dr. Tahir Chauhdry
Obstetrics and Gynecology 68 years experience
No: It is not normal, but it won't harm the baby. Your phrenic nerve is irritated... Hiccups.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What happens to mom internally when fetus hiccups?

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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 47 years experience
Fetal hiccups: Mom can feel the sudden movement that the fetus makes when it hiccups. A fetus with hiccups can bother mom, but not hurt her.
A 23-year-old male asked:

I was told it is not normal for a 23 week old fetus to have hiccups often, but some say it is, is it normal and what causes it?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Karen Jones
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Normal: It is normal for a baby in utero to have hiccups. It is from the nerve to the baby's diaphragm. Nothing to worry about.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Hiccups in a fetus reassuring?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Common finding: This is a common finding in pregnancy and no reason for worry. Often these kids will continue to have this symptom for weeks after birth.

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