When I was pregnant I started hearing a lot, and I mean a lot, of talk about fetuses hiccuping in utero and how cool that felt. All I could think was, "Wait, how do these people even know what they're feeling is, in fact, fetus hiccups?" So, I decided to ask a bunch of moms to describe what a baby hiccup in utero actually feels like. After all, between all the body changes and the gas and the false labor, a hiccup isn't always a hiccup.
I was pretty bummed that I didn't get to experience baby-in-my-belly hiccups with my first two pregnancies. Maybe I did feel those tiny signs of life, but didn't recognize it? All these other pregnant people seemed so sure that what they felt were hiccups so, honestly, how come I wasn't? Then, magically and with my third child, I felt the distinctly strange sensation everyone was talking about.
This sensation was like a butterfly in my pelvis, but not. A soft, fluttery, rhythmic sort of jolting. It kind of made me need to pee, actually, and if I'm being honest. Then again, everything seemed to make me want to pee at that point. Still, my third child hiccuped so much there were times it became truly uncomfortable. I would look down and see the well-paced jumps just under my protruding belly mound. The tick-tick-tickling seemed to go on so long that I got the contagious hiccups! To this day, at 13 months old, baby number three still hiccups all the time.