What Could Be The Reason Of Baby’s Poop In The Mother’s Womb?

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Anindita Bhuyan
Anindita Bhuyan, a graduate of BBA in International Business and a native of Assam. I crave to experience an odyssey and share that via words, that is where I have an eternal love for writing.

Being a mother is an extraordinary phase of any female’s life. But it is also true that she has to go through a lot of struggles to give birth to her baby kid and earn the most wonderful phase of life, motherhood. It is only the mother who knows what it took for us to come to earth. Being aware of some of the challenges that a mother is likely to confront, we are here to provide you some knowledge about what happens if your baby poop inside the womb or do babies poop before they are given birth to.

Let’s be frank and crystal clear, even though babies are an awe part of yourself but when it comes to poops, pees, and diapers, things might seem to turn another way. The very initial days will not hamper anything, but later with the repeated diaper change and all, baby poop becomes the unwanted and unfortunate blessing of parenting. This is your situation after the baby’s birth but what happens to the waste before they are even born? Have you ever thought of that? 

To know all about what happens to the wastes of a baby in the womb, take a break and binge here for some minutes.

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Does Baby Poop In The Womb?

Since a baby develops in the uterus, they tend to adopt some of the behaviors that they will be required to do after birth, such as responding to nature’s call. Peeing is normal but usually, a baby will not poop until and unless they are out of the womb. Speaking squarely, chances are there that you will not have to worry about cleaning your baby’s poo before their birth. However, pre-birth poo is possible, and it can lead to complications that must be addressed right away.

The whole 9 months while your baby grows in the womb, they take in nutrition and extirpate the waste, but the waste that baby in the womb produces is not in the form of feces. When your baby excretes for the first time, the waste they throw away is called meconium. They usually do so after getting out of the womb, might be immediately after getting birth!

Meconium is a dark greenish-black stool that looks much like tar. Your baby is likely to produce meconium for a few days if you breastfeed.

Where do babies produce this waste product inside the womb?

Babies produce their waste products in their intestines shortly before birth. In most rare cases, complications may arise and your baby can produce meconium when they are inside the womb. In such a situation, the waste then gets collected in the amniotic fluid. But what happens then? 

Babies in the womb are assisted by the placenta. The placenta is the only guide, directed to helping your kid when they snuggle in the womb. Placenta, like most other organs in your body, is made up of cells. They are formed as a response to pregnancy. Eventually, the placenta gets connected to the umbilical cord, which is considered the baby’s lifeline. This link is the only way via which a baby inside the womb gets nutrients and oxygen. This placenta is also the place where your baby deposits their waste and then from there you as mother excretes them out. This way, there’s no poop or pee floating around your womb for the entire nine months.

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What will happen if your baby poop inside the womb?

Baby poop inside the womb may cause complications in pregnancy. By now you know that the passage of oxygen and meconium is the same. This is the main reason that leads to complications. If your baby produces meconium inside the womb, the newborn develops chances of breathing in meconium-stained amniotic fluids. This can lead to a condition known as meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS).

Indeed meconium aspiration syndrome is a serious issue but it is treatable. The situation gets serious if the meconium in the amniotic fluid blocks the passage of oxygen. This blockage deprives the baby of oxygen and hence they suffer. Pediatricians are very well capable of detecting meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS) by observing the breathing frequency of the baby. Healthcare providers on hand at the birth will work to resolve this form of respiratory distress.

Your baby’s airways will be suctioned to help remove meconium-filled fluids. Supplemental oxygen may be needed in some cases. Left, untreated, or less attention to meconium aspiration syndrome can lead to pneumonia. 

What causes Meconium Aspiration Syndrome?

There are numerous factors that can lead to meconium aspiration syndrome. When the baby is stressed there is a greater probability of MAS. A baby inside the womb gets stressed when they have a lack of oxygen supply, which makes it hard for the kid to breathe. When there is any sort of complication with the placenta or umbilical cord, the supply of oxygen to the baby may get disturbed and may create an area where your baby will suffer. This fatal distress can lead the baby to pass meconium inside the womb.

What about urine? Do babies do so? 

Baby holds on to excrete until they are out of the womb, but they are certainly active urinators. The moment their kidneys are completely formed, they literally overdo with peeing. But there is nothing that you should worry about regarding urinating inside the womb. They are not at all dangerous as compared to the case of meconium. The placenta will naturally or automatically remove some of the urines, whereas some of the urine will stay in the amniotic fluid which is considered okay. 

Above is just a part of the inside womb process that we thought every lady should know about. And we hope you are all clear with questions regarding baby poop inside the womb. Also about pee inside the womb, there is nothing to worry about. 

Right from this moment, if you are the about-to-be mom or anyone whom you know, tell them not to take stress but instead stay happy.