My understanding is that meconium is <i>typically</i> a sign that the baby has experienced some kind of distress. (It's also more common in post-dates babies.) DD was born the day after her due date and had heavy mec staining that wasn't detected until I was pushing her out (they saw light mec when my water broke a few hours before she was born). Nothing during our very long labor (36+ hrs) ever indicated she was in distress (heartbeat was always normal, etc.). That said, she was posterior and acynclitic (head was tipped), and the labor was very, very long. I think that she was probably experiencing pain or discomfort due to her positioning, and wasn't happy with the length of the labor either. So my guess is that was the cause of her "distress" and the reason there was meconium.<br><br>
For this baby, I am taking steps to try to make sure babe is anterior, which should resolve the positioning issue, and hopefully make the birth more "comfortable" for the baby. Beyond that, I really don't know what else I could do to avoid mec. I have heard of people doing visualizations/affirmations during the weeks leading up to the birth where they concentrated on seeing clear fluid, having a strong bag, etc.
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't think there is any way to predict it or prevent it. It either happens or does not happen.<br><br>
At least that is what I "think" I have read.</div>
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