Monday, December 14, 2009

Clicking and popping in the womb

**YAWN **

5.30am and I've been awake for hours already ... I guess it's something I ought to get used to ;-)

Anyways, I thought I would do a bit of research on something that has been puzzling me for weeks. When the baby moves in my womb I sometimes hear and feel a 'click' or a 'pop' where his elbow and knee is. It's definitely NOT hiccups. Huffer Jnr has hiccups all the time and they have a really distinctive (and obvious) sensation. These clicks and pops happen randomly when the baby is moving. And maybe only once a week. It sounds like a bubble popping, but I have a slight sensation of being flicked too.

I've never been overly concerned by this. I assumed my baby just had clicky joints. And to be honest I thought it would take me hours to find anything on the subject as I've never heard of anyone else having a similar experience. But lo and behold, I found this within minutes of Googling the subject (you've gotta love the Internet) ...

The 'clicking' phenomenon is not documented in midwifery or obstetric text books. Therefore it is hard to know what really causes it. One plausible explanation may be that the baby's joints are rubbing or 'clicking' as they move, but we cannot be certain. In our experience, women who have noticed 'clicking' have gone on to have healthy, normal babies. Therefore we do not think it is anything to be concerned about. Perhaps it will just remain one of those strange mysteries of pregnancy?

Oh well, I love a good mystery!

1 comment:

  1. Ironically enough, I stumbled across this post while Googling the phenomenon myself!

    I'm currently 33 weeks pregnant with my second child and have been experiencing the same thing for several weeks, now. I haven't mentioned anything to my OB, but my best educated guess is that it's the baby's joints popping - kind like when you pop your knuckles. I didn't experience such a thing with our first son, but this little boy does it at random times when he moves, just like what happens to me sometimes. Really strange sound and feeling! So, in short, you weren't crazy or hearing/feeling things. This seems to be more common than first thought. :)