'Linea nigra' in pregnancy

‘Linea nigra’ in pregnancy

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THE ‘linea nigra’ it is a fibrous structure that crosses the midline of the abdomen of pregnant women. It is more pronounced among black and brown pregnant women. In rare cases, the ‘linea nigra’ is accompanied by hair.

  • ‘Linea nigra’ in non-pregnant women

  • Causes of ‘linea nigra’ in pregnancy

  • When ‘linea nigra’ appears

  • When the ‘linea nigra’ disappears

  • How to lighten the black line

  • How to remove the black line

‘Linea nigra’ in non-pregnant women

All human beings have a line that runs through the abdomen and has the navel as its center. However, ‘linea alba’, as it is called, is barely visible outside periods of gestation.

Causes of ‘linea nigra’ in pregnancy

The ‘linea nigra’ appears because almost 90% of pregnant women have increased skin pigmentation. This increase occurs because estrogen and progesterone (pregnancy hormones) stimulate the action of melanocytes. This causes darkening of the skin in certain areas, such as mammary areolas and nipples, vulva and in the so-called ‘linea alba’.

When ‘linea nigra’ appears

In the first pregnancy, this line usually appears in the second quarter and it grows slowly along with the belly itself. However, in women with more than one pregnancy, the entire line usually appears before the second trimester.

When the ‘linea nigra’ disappears

This line is not important and gradually disappears after delivery. Sometimes it may remain pigmented, taking up to a year to disappear completely.

How to lighten the black line

During pregnancy, if taking sun, the pregnant woman must protect herself with sunblock high protection to prevent the darkening of the skin to be even greater. It is recommended not to shave the area as well, as the hair usually falls out after delivery.

How to remove the black line

You cannot avoid skin hyperpigmentation and not recommended the use of whitening creams to eliminate stains. Some experts suggest that folic acid helps to control changes in melanin, although this has not been scientifically confirmed.

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