The medical term for it is “linea nigra” which means dark line. A linea nigra is a dark line running from your pubic bone and continues up the centre of your belly up until the beginning of your lower ribcage during pregnancy.
Your new black line is due to skin pigmentation during pregnancy and not a new stretch mark.
Remember that having a linea nigra is common in pregnancy. You will find plenty of pictures of pregnant women showing off their clear signs of pregnancy if you search on the internet. Be proud of your linea nigra!
Normally the belly line appears a few months into pregnancy. The American Association of Pregnancy suggests that the dark line normally appears around the 5th month of pregnancy. However, some mothers report it appearing almost immediately as one of the early symptoms of pregnancy.
According to an old wives tale, it could predict the sex of your baby as a boy. Chinese gender predictions also say the sex of your baby is a boy if you have a dark line.
The pregnancy line should gradually disappear after giving birth, as your hormones settle down again.
Watch my short video where I explain about causes of your pregnancy belly line and how to care for skin changes during pregnancy.
The dark line on your belly should gradually disappear postpartum, as your hormones settle down again. Take care to keep your skin well protected during pregnancy to avoid any longer term damage.
Always consult a medical professional about any concerns. If your linea nigra does not fade away postpartum, ask a medical professional for advice. Do not use any bleaching creams during pregnancy.
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