That line on your stomach while you are pregnant, when does it go away after baby is born??!

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Valerie - posted on 09/13/2009

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Technically you always have it. It just becomes more noticeable when you get pregnant and gain weight. Before and later after pregnancy it's called linea alba (white line). During pregnancy it's called linea negra (black line). It shows up more noticeable on dark skinned women and tanning may make it more noticeable. You can try eaing folic acid, green leafy veggies, and whole wheat. (p.214-215 What to Expect While Your Expecting)

September - posted on 09/09/2009

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A little Education on the subject:

Linea nigra (Latin for "black line") is a dark vertical line that appears on the abdomen during pregnancy. It is a type of hyper pigmentation resulting from increased production of the pigment melanin thought to be caused by increased estrogen, the same process that causes the areolas to darken. Why this process of hyper pigmentation occurs on the midline of the abdomen is uncertain. Fair-skinned women show this symptom less often than women with darker pigmentation. Before it appears it may be more faintly visible as a linea alba ("white line").



In case anyone wanted to know :)

Jaime - posted on 09/13/2009

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i never got it until i had baby! ha never read bout that in the books....lol

Carissa - posted on 09/13/2009

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my daughter is 17 months and mine definitely got lighter a few months after delivery but it's still present now. It's really the only thing left from my pregnancy that's noticable..never had stretch marks or anything. It's really light starts about an inch below my belly button and runs down now. I'm always curious what will happen to it with a second pregnancy Lol

Katracia - posted on 09/15/2009

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All of yall answer are good. But you can't get rid of it. I was born with that line down the center of my stomach. And even when i was pregnant i had it and will forever have it. Its my birth mark. This was my first child. So don't just think you get them and go away. Of course the strech marks i want gone. Which they say pure mineral oil will help, especially while your pregnant. I didn't get those til after he was out of the womb. So now i am trying the mineral oil. So next summer i will be able to have my swimming suit on at disney land for his first birthday. I wouldn't change anything about him. I always tell god thanks for blessing me with him. Do that and if it is reallyment for the line to leave it will. I love mine cause i have always had it. But the strech marks will be worked off on the tremill this winter.

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Quoting September:



Quoting Missy:

Really! ARGH!!! It has been 3 months, and I am just waiting...lol.






I never got one myself but instead of worring about it how about be thankful! You've created a beautiful baby! I did however get stretch marks while I was pregnant and when I look at them the only thing that I can do is smile :)






i never got one either, not sure why but hey im glad.. i got stretch marks too tho.. n they suck! how could u smile when seeing them?

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My daughter is 6 months old and i STILL have it, it's very light, but I'm breastfeeding and I heard the breastfeeding makes it last longer cause of the hormones or what not.

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My baby is 4 months old and I still have that line but it is slowly going away. With my other 2 it went away faster so I guess it is differant with each kid

Nicole - posted on 09/13/2009

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Its been 2 months and mine has gotten noticeably darker.i also think that the sun actually made it darker.

Jamie - posted on 09/13/2009

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Mine was very light and barely noticeable, so im not sure whats the norm, but mine was gone in a couple months.

Leslie - posted on 09/13/2009

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I never got one....but my son is 21 months and my collection of stretch marks is finally fading!

Dorie - posted on 09/13/2009

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Mine was really dark and it just started to go away and my son is 8 months....so it takes some time!

Abbey - posted on 09/12/2009

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I had my son 3 months ago and my line is completely gone now. I think it's different for everyone. As soon as the doctor cleared me I started working out again and I think that and being outside helped a lot!

Erin - posted on 09/12/2009

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I actually didn't get it until after I delivered. Odd, I know, but it was gone in 4 months.

Jaeda - posted on 09/12/2009

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my sone is 11months tomorrow...mine is just now gone within the last month...at least yours will be gone by summer, lol.

Melissa - posted on 09/12/2009

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mine did not right away but w/ in a few weeks...i even had dark spots on my face

( scary lol) that i got sometime during delivery i guess i didnt notice it untill showering ect. but it all went away..

Andrea - posted on 09/12/2009

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My daghter is 17 months old and I still have a line but mine turned white!!!

Victoria - posted on 09/12/2009

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Well mine was def still there when my baby was 3mnths old, he's 4mnths old now and it has gone!!! I'd say it takes on average 3 to 9 months but possibly even longer... everyone is different so there really is no telling! Sorry hun!!

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SOME PEOPLE LINES NEVER LEAVE AND SOME PEOPLE HAVE THE LINES BEFORE THEY GET PREGNANT AND DONT REALLY NOTICE IT BUT I KNO MY LIL COUSIN HAS A LINE AND SHE HAS NEVER HAD KIDS SO I QUESS IT DEPENDS ON YOUR BODY

Terri - posted on 09/12/2009

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My daughter is 2 1/2 and I still have the line, it was darker when I was pregnant, but went very faint where you can barely see it...I'm pregnant again (7 1/2 months) and don't really notice anything...for both pregnancies, I've used baby oil(1st) and baby oil gel(currently) and have had no stretch marks :)

Samantha - posted on 09/12/2009

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mine went away after about 6 or 7 months...but it started to go away faster when someone told me to use the cocoa butter oil ...use it every day and it helps the pigments change back

Abigail - posted on 09/11/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

Ask your doctor about it once! It's DEAD SKIN! Scrub it off with your luffa! I had mine for about three months after I had baby, then I heard the doctor tell my friend Cassie (we were pregnant together) to scrub it off... It worked! Three days of scrubbing and it was gone!


  OH YEAH! My sister n law said hers came off in one big string like thing .She just peeled it off. weird!!

Nicole - posted on 09/11/2009

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Ask your doctor about it once! It's DEAD SKIN! Scrub it off with your luffa! I had mine for about three months after I had baby, then I heard the doctor tell my friend Cassie (we were pregnant together) to scrub it off... It worked! Three days of scrubbing and it was gone! Once the baby is born the line isn't hormonal anymore.

Abigail - posted on 09/11/2009

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Quoting Abigail:

The line is there because of hormones. My doctor said that it may never completely go away. My daughter is almost 8 months old and you can BARELY see anything and I am like glowing white. Hang in there!! The line is the least of my worries, I have GOT to get rid of the jelly belly!! :o) and your ab muscles never go back to where they were before. They say they separate like 5 inches apart and they are usually an inch or less apart. Us poor poor women. I still can't do anything with my abs. If I even use them to get up (which I try to use them as much as possible to get them working right again) they feel like they are going to explode then they feel like they are deflating and hurt really badly. My sister-n-law has a 2 year old and she said shes just now able to work out her abs. ********the joys of being a mommy******


  I should say that my sister n law and I both had emergency C-sections so that might be a tad different for the whole ab muscle thing since ours were sliced in half.

Abigail - posted on 09/11/2009

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The line is there because of hormones. My doctor said that it may never completely go away. My daughter is almost 8 months old and you can BARELY see anything and I am like glowing white. Hang in there!! The line is the least of my worries, I have GOT to get rid of the jelly belly!! :o) and your ab muscles never go back to where they were before. They say they separate like 5 inches apart and they are usually an inch or less apart. Us poor poor women. I still can't do anything with my abs. If I even use them to get up (which I try to use them as much as possible to get them working right again) they feel like they are going to explode then they feel like they are deflating and hurt really badly. My sister-n-law has a 2 year old and she said shes just now able to work out her abs. ********the joys of being a mommy******

Amy - posted on 09/11/2009

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it felt like forever. i think mine took 6 months or more. i forget now. i just got tired of waiting and then eventually it was gone.

Maureen - posted on 09/11/2009

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I think it has to do with how quickly u lose the weight you gained during pregnancy, my sons 6 and 1/2 mos. and i can faintly still see it. u can also try something with collagen and elastin to help shrink your belly back down. hope it helps!

April - posted on 09/11/2009

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yes, it is just because of hormones. it could take a while, but once your hormone levels are back to normal then you shouldnt be able to see it anymore

Nicole - posted on 09/11/2009

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With my first one, I was able to rub it off in the shower, Weird! This time, it doesn't seem to be coming off but is very faint. The darker parts in my belly button I can rub off though. It'll go away, hang in there. :o)

Megan - posted on 09/11/2009

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Hi, it looks like you've had loads of answers already but just to add... my daughters 8 months now and mines just about faded. My belly button went a bit odd too and thats only just returning to normal!

Kayla - posted on 09/11/2009

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Yeah I don't like that line mine is very faint but still there and my son is 8 months old! It seems to be fading more but I will pry have a reminder forever...there goes a bikini! hahaha

Angela - posted on 09/10/2009

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be happy you only had a dark line all my blonde body hair went dark i looked like beast. lol

Amanda - posted on 09/10/2009

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my son is four months and i still have mine and it doesent look like its going away any time soon but it doesent bother me any more because its no were near as bad as the scar i got when my belly grey and the hole from my belly botton ring tore

Mattee - posted on 09/10/2009

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Quoting Casey:

takes a while .... my belly button went brown too.... really sexy..... but it all went away after a few months



Nine totally has too... It looks like "the line" makes a circle around my belly button... really weird!

Cinimon - posted on 09/10/2009

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mine went away about 7 weeks after i had my daughter. You can also try Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula with vitamine E skin therapy oil. you can find it at most drug stores walmart or maby target

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Every one is different mine went away very fast only a faint line after a month or two and after that I haven't even looked till I read your message, yep all gone :D, try not to stress it will go.

Gemma - posted on 09/10/2009

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My son is 19 months old and I have the line, but my mum said that mine appeared when she was pregnant with my little brother when I was 3 years old. Very odd.

Shauna - posted on 09/09/2009

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my son is 14months, and its gone above my belly button, but below it is still faintly there.. I don't know if it will ever completely go away!

Shemika - posted on 09/09/2009

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that line has always been there and always will be there it just gets darker during preganncy due to the hormones,mine faded away within a few weeks of giving birth to my first child. can't tell this time since it was replace by a vertical c-section scar this time :)

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