When Does Linea Nigra Usually Fade?

on Jul 29, 2015

by Prabha Sahgal, MD

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A linea nigra is something that is very common. It will usually begin appearing after a woman has been pregnant for about four or five months.

A linea nigra is something that is very common. It will usually begin appearing after a woman has been pregnant for about four or five months. In fact, about 75% of women see this line around this time. Women with darker skin are more likely to develop it than women with lighter skin. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

It is created because of the hormonal changes that a woman goes through when she is pregnant. These changes will encourage the body to begin producing more melanin than normal. When this occurs, many areas of the body will begin to darken, including the linea nigra.

Usually, this line will begin to fade soon after the woman gives birth. For the most part, it should only be visible for a couple of weeks after the baby is delivered. However, every woman is different and there are times when it takes longer or less time than this to disappear.

Some women even see the line disappear while they are pregnant. This is usually in response to an increase of folic acid. A deficiency in this nutrient can also cause this line to appear. However, by taking more folic acid, it may disappear sooner than what is expected. This line is a natural part of pregnancy and doesn’t determine whether the woman is healthy or not.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.

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