Living and Loving - - PREGNANCY & BIRTH -

There are a num­ber of phys­i­o­log­i­cal changes in pig­men­ta­tion that take place dur­ing preg­nancy, along with melasma. These in­clude a dark­en­ing of the are­o­lae and nip­ples, as well as changes in colour around the vagina and per­ineum. You may also no­tice a dark line down the cen­tre of your ab­domen, called the linea ni­gra, which usu­ally ap­pears dur­ing the sec­ond trimester and oc­curs on the skin where your ab­dom­i­nal mus­cles stretch and sep­a­rate to ac­com­mo­date your grow­ing baby. It usu­ally fades a few weeks af­ter de­liv­ery.

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