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Is the linea nigra an early pregnancy symptom?

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aaautumnnn Wed 18-Nov-15 13:31:29

I used to be on birth control for almost two years. I stopped taking the pill on Oct. 21 and had a withdrawal period on the Oct. 24th. Within that week, I've had unprotected sex.
When I spoke with my family planning nurse, she said to wait until the 14th of this month to get my period (which passed 4 days ago). I did not get my period yet, and I am expected to wait again until the 25th.
However, along with other possible pregnancy symptoms, I noticed a line running from my ribcage through my belly button, to my pubic bone. It is very faint, but it was enough for me to notice it after I took a shower last night (I make it a habit to check my body very often due to my family's medical history). So I decided to take a urine test this afternoon and it came out negative. This doesn't make sense to me because I've read that the line appears when a woman has high levels of hcg, which would have made the pregnancy test a strong positive (unless it was because it wasn't the first pee of the day). I've also read that it could appear due to high levels of estrogen, but I've been off the pill for a couple of weeks, so shouldn't my levels be decreasing?? Plus, I've never seen this line WHILE I was on the pill.
In addition, I've been experiencing a grinding feeling in my lower abdomen a week after the day I supposedly conceived. It has been ongoing til this day. Some days it would be very severe, but latelt it has calmed down a bit. Also, there are times where I feel like I'm seriously going to have my period (that rush that comes out as if you bled a little), but there 'd be no trace of blood at all! Just a lot of cervical mucous! (Sorry if it's TMI). Then I start cramping more and I start to cry because I have no idea what my body is doing to me. I've taken 4 urine tests and they are all BFNS. I will opt for a blood test after I meet with my family doctor next week, but my main concern is this line on my belly because this is very new to me and I'm kind of scared. This would be my first pregnancy if I am, so it cant come from anywhere else.
Thank you in advance.

RoTo72 Wed 18-Nov-15 14:36:00

It could still be the remains of the pill on your system. All hormonal changes. With my first preg I didn't get the linear nigra to third trimester

Runningupthathill82 Wed 18-Nov-15 14:48:00

Not from my experience - I thought the linea nigra only appeared in late pregnancy.

Francescal88 Wed 18-Nov-15 15:00:50

Doesn't help at all but my almost 2 year old DS has always had one.

magpie17 Wed 18-Nov-15 15:02:28

Mine didn't appear til late pregnancy. I still have it now and my DS is four months old. It's probably just your hormones from coming off the pill.

sherbertlemon17 Wed 18-Nov-15 16:01:19

I had pregnancy symptoms for a few weeks when I first stopped taking the pill, even though I was definitely was not pregnant!

As far as the Linea Negra goes, I don't think it's an early symptom. I'm almost 37 weeks and still don't have one.

CarrotPuff Wed 18-Nov-15 18:27:45

I got mine at the end of first tri both times. Never heard of it being a pg symptom!

Luxyelectro Wed 18-Nov-15 18:31:47

My son had one at age 3!
Not relevant. Sorry

Stylingwax Wed 18-Nov-15 18:37:00

33 pregnant here and no line.

Paperblank Wed 18-Nov-15 19:46:12

I haven't got one - if you do get one its later on in pregnancy as I understand. It could be that your body is getting used to the change in hormones?

It can take a while for your body to get back to normal after being on the pill so I wouldn't worry at this stage and it's difficult to predict when you are likely to get your period.

Try not to worry.

ODog Wed 18-Nov-15 20:35:52

I didn't get one until 3rd trimester last time and don't have one yet this time at almost 16wks.

Joeybird79 Wed 18-Nov-15 21:51:43

Due on Friday, no line and no stretch marks either!

Oysterbabe Wed 18-Nov-15 21:53:15

Mine appeared at 28 weeks.

fatandfurious5 Wed 18-Nov-15 22:59:12

Noticed mine just before 12 week scan. It has now developed into a sort of belly button 'aurora'.

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