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REAL CAUSE OF BLACK LINE IN THE STOMACH DURING PREGNANCY

During pregnancy, many people develop a dark, vertical line on their abdomen. This line is called a linea nigra. It’s most often shows up around the middle of the pregnancy.

Those who are pregnant aren’t the only ones who can develop this darkened line. In fact, research suggests men, children, and unpregnant women can develop the line, too.

Why does the linea nigra develop? What can be done about hiding or removing the dark line on your stomach? Read on to find out why the linea nigra develops and what it can mean.

What Causes Linea Nigra?

The linea nigra is the result of fluctuating hormones during pregnancy. One theory is that the hormones cause your body to produce larger amount of melanin (a compound responsible for giving your skin pigment), and this extra pigmentation shows up as a dark pregnancy line on your stomach. Women of all different skin colors are affected, although linea nigra can be more pronounced in women with fair skin.

When Does Linea Nigra Go Away?

Linea nigra typically resolves on its own within a few months of delivery, so many experts advise not treating it — especially during pregnancy or if you are breastfeeding. “Stay away from bleaching creams, as they often contain hydroquinone, which has not been proven safe to use if you are pregnant or nursing,” says Vaneeta Sheth, M.D., an associate physician and instructor in dermatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

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