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Andrew Bailey
955655.  Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:57 pm Reply with quote

Does anyone know why third (or so) trimester babies develop hiccups in-utero?

sally carr
955662.  Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:08 pm Reply with quote

Babies are swallowing the amniotic fluid all the time during gestation. I think hiccups are a reflex that occur during that time as part of the developing digestive and respiratory systems. Probably the parts that stop food going down the wrong way.

sally carr
955663.  Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:09 pm Reply with quote

Welcome to QI by the way.

955691.  Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:25 pm Reply with quote

Welcome to QI Andrew Bailey :-)

Andrew Bailey
956879.  Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:34 pm Reply with quote

Thank you for your replies. I have done a little further research on the subject which I will post on the site. In truth, no-one has done much in the way of study on topic - so it would seem it is a no-one knows. Fingers crossed I will get back to you on Wednesday. There seem to be two theories over the cause of hiccups, but none on foetal hiccups.


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