White Line: Everything you need to know about Linea Nigra

White Line: Everything you need to know about Linea Nigra

Pregnancy is an interesting time marked by more physical changes than you ever thought possible. While most of the changes are amazing, some of them, like the white line, are a bit curious and sometimes, even agitating. What exactly is Linea Nigra? It’s a common side effect of pregnancy that doesn’t have any effects on the mom to be. We also know it as the pregnancy line.


Understanding the white line (Linea Nigra)

The “stripe” of dark skin that runs from the belly button to the pubic bone (sometimes up to the breast) occurs in about 75% of all pregnancies. Depending on your skin tone, Linea Nigra can appear as a dark or white line across the bump. The name describes what happens to skin that stretches out and pigment changes during pregnancy. When you’re pregnant, the skin all over your body becomes hyper-pigmented (darkened), but the Linea Nigra is likely to become more pronounced if you have darker skin.


Does the appearance of Linea Nigra mean something is wrong?

The White Line is merely an aesthetic mark or line and has ZILCH to do with your health during pregnancy or that of your baby. It’s a naturally occurring pregnancy phenomenon that just adds to the massive list of bodily changes you can expect during pregnancy.


Will it go away?

If you’re not exactly a fan of your pregnancy stamp, rest assured that it does fade and will eventually go away once your baby is born. All things considered, the white line is just like any other battle scar you’ll earn during pregnancy. It’s a representation of something amazing happening inside your body, and the only way it will go away is by bringing your baby into this life.


Linea Nigra is nothing to be ashamed or scared of, but like all other pregnancy issues, if you’re worried about the appearance or something doesn’t feel right, talk to your doctor right away. Keep loving that skin you’re in mama, it’s doing something truly amazing!

By Seldean Smith

Seldean is a full-time single mom and avid contributor to the Kiddles website. Her hobbies include discovering awesome new places and spaces for kids and writing content that resonates with the hearts of other parents.

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