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When does that brown belly button line malarky appear?

(35 Posts)
TheScenicRoute Tue 25-Nov-14 21:55:02

I'm 26+5 and think I can see the vaguest of shadows, like a faint bruise, in two areas below my belly button, from a distance they look like they might be the start of that brown line thing.

I can't say I'm ecstatic about the prospect of this appearing, but im fully expecting it. So when does it normally arrive, is it a gradual build up, how soon does it disappear after the birth and what's it's real name?

GozerTheGozerian Tue 25-Nov-14 21:56:10

It's the linea nigra (I think!). I didn't get it in either pregnancy though.

Llareggub Tue 25-Nov-14 21:58:41

I didn't get it in either pregnancy.

PuppyMummy Tue 25-Nov-14 22:00:54

I didn't get it either!

RetroHippy Tue 25-Nov-14 22:01:14

31+4 and mine is getting gradually darker. Had the faintest line for a couple of weeks now.

I also have rings around my belly button where it's stretched out confused

Luciferbox Tue 25-Nov-14 22:02:01

I never had it

TheScenicRoute Tue 25-Nov-14 22:07:22

Thanks guys. I didn't realise there's a chance I might avoid it. Then again, I've not managed to avoid anything else in pregnancy so why should this be different! wink

So Retro - you started at 29 weeksish. I guess this could be similar. Time will tell.

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montymonty Tue 25-Nov-14 23:11:05

I seem to recall my line appearing before 20 weeks!

Burmama Wed 26-Nov-14 04:10:08

Mine just started appearing in the last week or so - I'm just over 30 weeks now. Oh, and I totally have the exact same belly button rings Retro, with very very little belly button left to speak of.blush

car1sberg Wed 26-Nov-14 04:24:07

Around 32-33 weeks for me, both pregnancies. Looks like a very thin tanned line.

cheesecakemom Wed 26-Nov-14 05:28:05

Mine took longer to appear with this pregnancy. Definitely after 20 weeks - it's getting darker. I'm nearly 35 weeks!

tiggy2610 Wed 26-Nov-14 06:02:41

Mine was well and truly there around 15 weeks! Although only now that I'm nearing 30 has it developed above my belly button

PunkrockerGirl Wed 26-Nov-14 06:11:25

I didn't have it in either pregnancy.

Jodie1982 Wed 26-Nov-14 07:43:10

I didn't see mine till after my babies were born, very odd lol.

Acorncat Wed 26-Nov-14 10:01:42

I only got it after the birth too, bit odd.

SeaSaltMill Wed 26-Nov-14 10:15:06

I've had mine a while but its fairly faint. It only goes up to my belly button so far. I'm 28 weeks.

Cinderelmer Wed 26-Nov-14 10:21:07

Think mine started around 30weeks, I hated it. It faded but stayed around until I finished bf at 19mths, sorry! Dd had a faint one which took a couple of yrs to completely disappear. Couldn't tell you what causes it.

MakeMeWarmThisWinter Thu 27-Nov-14 14:32:57

I can still see mine from previous pregnancy 3 years ago! It's white now. I'm pregnant again but only 13wks so I guess it'll go brown at some point confused

Dogsmom Thu 27-Nov-14 19:31:40

I didn't get it with dd1 or any stretchmarks, am 26+4 with dd2 and so far no sign of either again.

My nipples are a rather fetching shade of brown again though and my boobs look like a road map of veins.

Emus Thu 27-Nov-14 20:35:33

I got it in my first pregnancy and am interested to know if it activates the same line or creates a new line with subsequent pregnancies (as an old wives tale says you can tell the sex of the child by how straight the line is!)?

TellmetogetonwithmyWork Thu 27-Nov-14 20:40:37

You can still see mine just in a bikini photo when ds1 was 11 months old. It must have gone soon after as that was same time I got pregnant with ds2 and I remember it reappearing. Prob about 30 weeks.

M27J5M Thu 27-Nov-14 21:40:23

Emus - how high the line goes is supposedly a sign of the sex too, if it only goes upto belly button they say it, if it's any higher then girl!

But back to original question, I remember getting line with my ds but can't remember when, have a faint white-ish line just now at 24 weeks

TheScenicRoute Fri 28-Nov-14 07:33:32

Mine is definately coming through, only to my belly button and I'm having boy/girl twins, so that blows that theory!

Whilst I had a mirror under my tummy reflecting upwards I noticed 9, YES NINE stretch marks! My first ones and such a shock as I couldn't see them stood looking in the mirror as normal. Double whammy in the space of two days. ( not that they were unexpected, was just hoping to avoid them). Just need to avoid the poppy out belly button thing now.

M27J5M Fri 28-Nov-14 14:49:24

Ah well that's that theory gone then lol I already have the popped out belly button, shows through everything I wear and I hate it!

toomanypasswords Fri 28-Nov-14 16:13:08

Both times mine's appeared from about 30 weeks. To be honest, I can't see it unless I look in mirror as I can't see over the top of my bump and it only goes as far as my belly button! I don't remember when it disappeared last time around

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