Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Dude, what's with the hiccups?

Anyone who knows me knows that when I get hiccups, they are the loudest hiccups you've ever heard. You can hear them down the block. They could probably wake Baby up if I ever wound up with them during a nap or after bedtime. I mean, they are freaking loud. Not only that, but they're kind of painful. They rock my whole body, and that doesn't exactly feel nice, you know? It gets better - I get them pretty often. Not every day, but usually at least once a week.

I've asked every doctor I've ever had in my life why this happens to me (and so often), and no one seems to know. I seem to have passed the lovely habit/medical issue/unattractive behavior to Baby, which is awful. Other pregnant women I knew told me that their babies had hiccups in utero. I thought for sure mine would, too, given my lengthy history with chronic hiccups. And because Husband seems to be pretty unlucky with them too - he doesn't get them often, but when he gets them, wow, stand back. He once had hiccups for four straight days. But that's another story for another post.

Not a single hiccup from Baby in utero. He was rocked by mine several times, but he didn't (as far as I could feel) experience them once. I thought he was going to be lucky and hiccup-free. No such luck. He started getting them when he was about a month old, and still does to this day, but nowhere near as often as I get them.

Want to know how often I've had them this weekend (meaning since yesterday)? FOUR TIMES. No joke. Four freaking times. Twice today and twice yesterday. The ones yesterday after dinner took me a half hour to get rid of.

So...since I seem to be on a hiccup bender at the moment, I thought it'd be a good idea to gather any successful hiccup-removing techniques you guys have to offer. The one that works most often for me at the moment is ten quick sips of cold, cold water. It's not failproof, but it works pretty reliably. So tell me, how do you get rid of the hiccups?


Margo said...

Yikes. Those sound pretty bad. I eat a big spoon of creamy peanut butter. It hasn't ever let me down, and I've been using it for about ten years now. I've never tried the water trick. Maybe I'll give that a try next time. It's always good to have a back up plan.

ModernMom said...

I ask my kids to hiccup right now. No seriously. Right now. I repeat the request over and over for a bout 1 minute. For some reason getting them to concentrate and try and hiccup stops them!

kyooty said...

Take a big gulp of air, now hold it, hold it, hold it, areyou still holding it? now sLowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwlllllllllllyyyyyy blow that out through your nose, now only take in a tiny bit of air through your nose, now slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwllllllllyyyyyy blow that one out too, and eventually they will go.

Opus #6 said...

It's embarrassing. And sometimes they don't sound like hiccups, lol. They sound like something worse!

Michelle said...

i dont get them that often. My babies did in utero though.

NO tips, sorry. I just hold my breath and they go away.

Over from SITS.

Queenie Jeannie said...


I always do the hold your breath as long as you can, let it out, then hold again. Repeat till they're gone! It usually works!!

Julie said...

Something a friend told me a long time ago that has worked EVERY time for my hiccups: drink a glass of water THROUGH a paper towel. Like put a paper towel over the glass, and drink it. Don't know where she got it from, but it works for me! Silly, I know...

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