Pregnancy brings a lot of changes in your body. These changes are both internal and external brought about by the growing fetus inside. Most changes are brought by continuous increase in hormones that are being reflected in your internal body system and external appearance.
The reason for developing such changes is to compensate for the requirements that are being demanded by your baby inside your womb. Once you enter the first week of pregnancy, changes slowly take place in the form of minor developments such as in your breasts and mood.
One of the most notable changes in a woman’s body during pregnancy is the excess in production of melasma–a hormone that is responsible for pigmentation. The excess in these hormones cause the skin to begin experiencing darkening and being more pigmented compared to your pre-pregnancy body.
Various signs of increase in hormones include the development of Linea Nigra, a dark vertical line that usually shows up in the middle of your tummy during pregnancy. It is a common phenomenon during pregnancy so it is better to expect its appearance when you enter your 23rd week of pregnancy.
We have come up with some nice to know information that you can read to keep yourself updated and knowledgeable about Linea Nigra–what is it about and why it appears in your body during pregnancy.
What Is Linea Nigra?
As mentioned above, Linea Nigra is a dark vertical line that shows up in the middle of your tummy at about 23rd week into pregnancy. It is caused by your active pregnancy hormones that contribute to its hyperpigmentation. The Linea Nigra is always there, though. It is just that you hardly notice it since it is typically white in color called the Linea Alba. The Linea Alba is a white line in the middle of your abdominal area, this is where the connective tissues of the muscles around that particular area meet.
As your abdominal area stretches during pregnancy, the line in the middle of your stomach expands too. Thanks to the high levels of oxygen, the production of melanin also increases making the elevating the deposit of pigments in some parts of the body that will eventually lead to darkening of these areas.
When Does Linea Nigra Appear?
Normally, Linea Nigra starts developing as early as the end of first trimester or within the period of second trimester. Usually around the 23rd week of pregnancy when the hormones at their peak.
Does A Linea Nigra Fade?
Of course! Linea Nigra does not stay forever on your skin, although there could be some chances wherein it can leave a very light mark on your belly. However, Linea Nigra does gradually fade after giving birth. This is due to the hormones going back to their normal levels once again. Linea Nigra does not go away in a blink of an eye so you should expect a couple of months to a year before it completely lightens out.
Can I Avoid Linea Nigra?
Linea Nigra is an unavoidable phenomenon during pregnancy. What you can do, however, is to take some preventive measures to protect your skin against further darkening such as wearing clothes that protect you from harmful UV ray exposure and sticking to your natal vitamins to keep your skin healthy and over-all body in top shape.
Never opt, do any procedure, or apply any creams that can pose harm to your unborn child. Before anything else, it is best to consult you obstetrician to ensure safety and prevent harm.
Is Developing Linea Nigra Safe?
Totally. Developing Linea Nigra is a normal process that you undergo or experience during pregnancy. In a study, it says that about 75 percent of women from all over the world experience darkening of their skin and other parts of the body during pregnancy.
Is There Any Treatment That I Can Do Or Available To Get Rid Of The Pigmentation?
Most experts do not necessarily suggest any treatment to get rid of Linea Nigra, but if women do really prefer to get rid of it, some may suggest laser treatments or applying topical creams to lighten the area after pregnancy. Although, experts are careful with prescribing especially when a woman is breastfeeding. Some undergo procedure when the child turns a bit older or when the woman stops breastfeeding.
The Myth About Linea Nigra: Can It Tell the Gender of My Baby?
This myth has been going on for countless years. It has been a favorite old wives’ tale. The myth claims that when the line extends to your navel, chances are you are having a girl. A line that extends further up indicates that your child is a boy. However, these tales do not have any evidences to back them up.
Embrace such changes in your body because it only means that you are capable of carrying another human being and able to procreate life as you should do. Congratulations on your pregnancy!
Author: Patricia Magno RN