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I heard that if your waters are green, that the baby is in distress and need sot be born asap, as in c-section. I am not too concerned, but I dont want to jump the gun. any advice, asap?!
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If it is just light staining I wouldn't be too concerned but I would contact my health care provider. (be it midwife or Dr.) if it is Very green and thinck I would rush to the hospital they can use saline to flush out as much as possible. Meconium in the baby's lungs is a huge concern and can be fatal. Not trying to scare you but some sort of action would be wise.
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I believe that that indicates meconium which can be serious cause for concern! I would encourage you to contact our dr or midwife ASAP.

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Call your care provider now. Don't wait.

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Definitely get checked out ASAP. It could be no problem, but it could also be serious. It is not worth the risk to wait.
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I would call straight away and check too, better to be over cautious if it's green.

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It does NOT mean the baby needs to be born ASAP or via c/sec, but it is something you should contact your healthcare provider about. All it really means is that for some reason your baby had their first stool in the amniotic fluid - that could be an indication of previous or current stress, it could mean they're just a little more mature, it could be totally benign or a cause for concern (more likely benign).

Depending on the extent of staining, it may increase the likelihood of complications after delivery, but there isn't good supportive evidence for a lot of things hospitals like to do for babies with mec staining, especially light staining.

Anyway, there's not a lot someone online can tell you for sure, just what the range of possibilities is, and that's a huge range. So definitely don't worry, but do contact your care provider.
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Call your mw or Dr. immediately. As far as I know, it's only a real emergency situation when the fluid is a very goopy, thick green. You can have meconium staining and still have a perfectly healthy baby. They'll probably just want to watch you a little closer. Good luck!

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This happened to me- mine was light though- a yellowish tinted green color. Aspiration is the main concern. My midwives did a NST on me once I told them about the meconium staining, and they had to quickly suction DD once her head was out- not a huge deal. My babe was fine and yours will be too Call your midwife/ob though!
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I had a fair amount of meconium in the fluid when my daughter was born -- enough that it looked quite green. The baby was fine and healthy and no one suggested a c-section at all (I had a hospital birth).

The only thing that was done differently was that I was urged to push slowly and gradually as much as possible, to minimize stress on the baby in case she was in distress, and the neonatal crash team was on hand in case she aspirated the fluid (she didn't). She never left my room and I was able to hold and nurse her almost immediately; her father got to cut the cord but not hold and cuddle her right after birth as we had planned, because she was being examined. Overall, in our case it was no big deal at all -- but definitely important to have someone monitoring the situation in case the baby's in distress and to avoid aspiration.
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I just noticed the time of the original post.... How are you doing? Hope all is well and you are holding your sweet babe!
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please update and let us know how everything is going
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I too am sending you the best wishes and hope everything is well....
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I heard that if your waters are green, that the baby is in distress and need sot be born asap, as in c-section. I am not too concerned, but I dont want to jump the gun. any advice, asap?!
Yes that is a big concern and I would get my butt to the hospital ASAP in that case. I know some will play this down, but most midwives I know would think this was not a good sign.
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I hope she and the baby are okay
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I've been thinking of you and your babe!

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I hope you had a great birth and you and your baby are doing well. Please update us when you can.

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I hope you're home and can update soon!
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I hope all is well with you and the baby.
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Hi, ladies. i just want to thank all of you for the support and good wishes...i had a wonderful midwife help me make some very tough decisions, and the uotcome was my beautiful new baby boy! without her help, and ultimately the hand of G-d, iould not be sitting here nak, with my lil bundle of joy. more details to come in the following days...
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Hooray! Blessings on you and your new little boy!

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Yay! Congrats! I am so glad it worked out.
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WOOHOO!!!!!
WELCOME, SON OF OLDMAMA44!!!!

I can't wait to hear the details of your story...but all means, first things first
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Congrats! I too had pea soup water and my homebirth ended being a really wonderful hospital birth. All we really want are our amazing children in our arms! I am so glad to hear it all worked out. What great news!!!
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Congrats! I too had pea soup water .What great news!!!
Mine was like that with my second baby. He was found to have a tight cord times three around his neck, and it was short as well. I never went into distress until I started pushing.

But he's 16 now and beautiful! 6 ft 1, with a size 12 or 13 shoe!
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congratulations! enjoy your baby.
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Oh I'm so happy (and relieved ). Congratulations on your beautiful new bundle! And thank you so much for taking time out of your babymoon to update us.
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Congratulations!!!
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yay!! I've been following this thread and keeping you in my thoughts, sending positive vibes your way! woohoo!! : congrats!
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