I have some darkening skin right above my nipples! It looks pretty silly.
It's a boy!
Born the first day of spring: March 20, 2006
10/9/05 9:02 P
I had it with my 1st baby and it went away about 2 weeks after I had her. It wasn't a black line it was just a line that was a little darker than my normal skin tone.
10/9/05 8:41 P
I think it's called Linea Negra - there was a posting on one of the forums about it a couple of days ago - people said that it does go away after pregnancy but if you do a google search on Linea Negra you will find lots of stuff on it. Actually - I've just read the title of your message and it says Vertical Line across belly - did you mean Horizontal Line across your belly or Vertical Line down your belly. If you mean the vertial line down your belly then that's the Linea Negra!
Mother of 2 boys and 1 girl.
Toby born 13th March 2006.
6 pounds 8 ounces
Born at 39.5 weeks, vaginally.
Breastfed until 18 months (he self- weaned when I was 3 months pregnant)
Gus born 12th March 2008.
4 pounds 14 ounces
Born at 38.5 weeks, via c-section (breech!)
Got pregnant with #3 when breastfeeding him at 20 months).
Poppy Tallulah born 30th July 2010
6 pounds 12 ounces.
10/9/05 5:52 P
from http://www.babycenter.com/mybabyce nter/119.html
"You may also have noticed some skin changes lately. Are the palms of your hands red? Nothing to worry about — it's from increased estrogen. Patches of darkened skin are also common during pregnancy. When they show up around your upper lip, upper cheeks and forehead, they're called chloasma, or the "mask of pregnancy." You may see these splotches on your arms or other areas that have been exposed to the sun. Your nipples, freckles, scars, underarms, inner thighs, and vulva may also darken during pregnancy. That darkened line running from your belly button to your pubic bone is called the linea nigra, or "dark line." All of this darkening is due to a temporary increase in melanin, the substance that colors your hair, skin, and eyes. For most women, these darkened spots will fade shortly after delivery. In the meantime, protect yourself from the sun, which intensifies the pigment changes. Cover up, wear a brimmed hat, and use sunscreen when you're outdoors. And if you're self-conscious about your "mask," a little concealing makeup can work wonders.
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