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What you should know when you have linea nigra during pregnancy


Don’t fret if a dark line suddenly appears along your belly during the second or third trimester. It’s totally normal and completely harmless.

Pregnancy can come with some unusual body changes, like hair in places you didn’t expect, sudden indigestion, hemorrhoids and acne breakouts. But here is a lesser-known surprise to add to the growing list of pregnancy pleasantries: Linea nigra

What Is Linea Nigra?

Linea nigra, which is Latin for “black line,” is a streak running from your belly button to your pubic region that may develop and darken during pregnancy,

according to research done by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG)  . The length, width and color of this pregnant belly line varies from person to person.

Its appearance might make you do a double take, but it’s nothing to be concerned about. “Linea nigra is simply the increase in pigmentation of the skin,“Linea nigra can look slightly different on everyone,”  the researchers said, and it may be more obvious if you have darker skin.

People with darker skin have more melanocytes, which are pigment-producing cells, making them more prone to getting this line.It’s important to emphasize that this dark line on your stomach isn’t something that will impact you or baby.

“Pregnant women can be reassured that linea nigra isn’t harmful and has no adverse effect on pregnancy outcomes or the baby,” they add.

 It’s just one of those things that you may (or may not) have to deal with for a while.

Does everyone get linea nigra?

While the linea nigra line is common, not every mom-to-be will get it. In fact, there’s no way to tell in advance if this is something you’ll develop during pregnancy. “We don’t know why some people get it and others don’t,” they say.

They also urged that having more pigment-producing cells may make you more prone to it, but it’s certainly not a guarantee. If you have linea nigra once, you’re probably going to have it in subsequent pregnancies too.

What Causes Linea Nigra?

Linea nigra is just one of the many skin chang skin changes that can happen during pregnancy. “Almost all pregnant women develop some type of hyperpigmentation in their skin in certain areas,”