You wanted to know if hiccups are a sign of the umbilical cord being wrapped around your baby’s neck. This is something that you read somewhere and of course it’s got you concerned, and I would be too if I read that. But you can rest assured that hiccups are actually a sign of well-being, so if your baby’s having hiccups, then great, you can move on with your day. But if you ever notice a decrease or a change in your baby’s movement – it’s less than usual – then get rid of distraction, count movements, every single movement counts and if you get 10 or less in 2 hours then you should call your doctor and/or go to labor and delivery to get checked out. As for the umbilical cord being wrapped around the baby’s neck, this is very possible. In fact, about a third of babies are born with the umbilical cord around their neck. You know, a normal umbilical cord is about this long or so, some are longer, some are shorter, and the insertion site is on the baby’s abdomen and the other end is connected to the placenta. The baby’s moving around inside and it can get twisted up and it can wrap around their neck, it can get tied in knots, it can be wrapped around their limbs or their body or their shoulder, and these things are commonly seen at delivery. One of the important reasons we monitor the heart tones during labor and delivery is that we can see signs that the baby’s having reduced blood flow to them, either because of a compressed umbilical cord issue or because there’s blood flow issues through the placenta and we can do things to support the baby through labor. And so if you have any more specific questions about this, talk with your OB provider and of course if you’re ever concerned, don’t hesitate to ask or get checked out. Good luck with everything and if you have more questions in the future for me, feel free to ask them on our Facebook page at facebook.com/IntermountainMoms and recommend us to your friends and family too.

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