What is striae gravidarum?

Pregnancy stretch marks, also known as striae gravidarum, is a specific form of scarring of the skin of the abdominal area due to rapid expansion of the uterus as well as sudden weight gain during pregnancy.

What does the line on a pregnant woman's belly mean?

Linea Nigra is the Latin word that means “dark line”, and that is exactly what the Linea Nigrais, the dark vertical line that some women get on their stomach during pregnancy. Most women have the dark line on their stomach, and it usually runs from the belly button down to the pubic bone.
  • What does the black line on your stomach mean when pregnant?

    It runs from your navel to the pubic bone. It darkens during pregnancy acquiring the name linea nigra (black line). The pregnancy line is never really black, however it is brownish and darker in color. It I is usually about ¼ to ½ inch wide and stretches vertically down your belly from the pubis to the umbilicus.
  • Can pregnancy cause indigestion?

    Heartburn and acid reflux. Aside from constipation, the production of progesterone, the hormone that relaxes muscles in preparation for labour and birth, during pregnancy can cause heartburn, indigestion and acid reflux in pregnant women.
  • How can I check my pregnancy at home?

    1. Stored Urine Test:
    1. Collect your urine in a bottle or vessel like you would for a normal urine test.
    2. Then leave it untouched for about 3-4 hours.
    3. If a white film forms on the surface of the urine, chances are you may be pregnant.
    4. If there is no change in the urine and it remains clear, you are not pregnant.

Why do you get a line on your stomach while pregnant?

The linea nigra is the result of fluctuating hormones. One theory is that they cause your body to make more than the usual amount of melanin, a compound responsible for giving your skin pigment, and this extra pigmentation shows up as a dark line stretching from the belly button to the top of the pubic hair.
  • What does the line in the middle of your stomach mean?

    The Pregnancy Line, which is more official called Linea Nigra, is the dark line that develops across your belly during pregnancy. Prior to line prior to pregnancy is light or pale line is called the linea alba (white line). It runs from your navel to the pubic bone.
  • What does mask of pregnancy mean?

    An example of hyperpigmentation is melasma (also known as chloasma). This condition is characterized by tan or brown patches, most commonly on the face. Melasma can occur in pregnant women and is often called the "mask of pregnancy;" however, men can also develop this condition.
  • What is the thigh gap?

    A thigh gap is a space between the inner thighs of some people when standing upright with feet touching.

What is the linea alba?

The white line (Latin: linea alba) is a fibrous structure that runs down the midline of the abdomen in humans and other vertebrates. In humans linea alba runs from the xiphoid process to the pubic symphysis.
  • What is the rectus sheath?

    The rectus sheath is formed by the aponeuroses of the transverse abdominal and the external and internal oblique muscles. It contains the rectus abdominis and pyramidalis muscles. It can be divided into anterior and posterior laminae.
  • What does the Pyramidalis do?

    The paired pyramidalis muscles are small triangular-shaped muscles that lie between the anterior surface of the rectus abdominus and the posterior surface of the rectus sheath. The precise function of pyramidalis muscles is unclear, but together the muscles are thought to tense the linea alba.
  • What is the abdominal Aponeurosis?

    Anatomical terminology. The aponeurosis of the abdominal external oblique muscle is a thin but strong membranous structure, the fibers of which are directed downward and medially.

Updated: 21st November 2019

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