I have a hairy belly!

I have a hairy belly!
October 14 08:57 2016

During pregnancy, your body will undergo many changes. Many of these only add to the hormones and fluctuating emotions with which you already have to contend. One such change can be the growth of hairy on your stomach. However, as upsetting as this can be to so many women during this tumultuous time, it is really quite common.

As your belly has begun to enlarge, you have most likely noticed an incredible amount of changes in your body. Some of these may be welcome and some of them most definitely may not. One such change which often upsets women, but is by no means uncommon, is the gradual increase, or darkening, of the hairs on your body. What is important here is for you to understand that you are not the only person to experience this very common effect of pregnancy around the 3-month stage. Let’s put your mind at ease by discussing this phenomenon.

Hairy stomach. Well, why is it happening?

Your body is undergoing many changes – some explainable, in terms of the health of the baby, but many are, of course, peculiar on the surface of things. However, hopefully we can help to put your mind at ease with this article.

Pregnancy is the largest physical strain you could possibly put your body through. Your internal workings and your very mind itself are experiencing different stimuli and tasks unlike any other you have ever endured are being demanded of your body. Naturally, this can result in strange and unexplainable physical effects. It is really quite different for every woman.

A hairy stomach during pregnancy, or a dark vertical line trailing down the stomach, can be alarming to you, as you were most likely unprepared for such a scenario and confused by what this might entail.


Hormones. The answer is always hormones. Hair grows in many places on our body in our natural state of being and it is always either growing or remaining as it is. Growth is good, because the end-state of growth results in the hair falling out of the body. However, during pregnancy, your hormones increase and more of the hair on your body remains as it is, rather than falling out, and gives the illusion of more hair – it appears thicker and is far more noticeable to you. Of course, this is nothing to fear, because it is all part of the natural process of pregnancy. It is simply an effect which brings discomfort to many women, as it goes against our perceived norms of beauty. Hair on the body is displeasing to us.

The dark line, on the other hand, is called the linea nigra. This is also nothing to worry about. It is a hormone-related event in which extra pigment darkens the nipples and creates a line running down the pregnancy bump.


Will all of this disappear?

Yes. You have nothing to fear.


Okay. When will it disappear?

We understand your concern. In most cases, this will continue until the end of the pregnancy, at which stage your hormones will return to their natural levels and your hair will re-enter the growth phase, meaning that it will all fall out.

Of course, if this is not a good enough answer, it is perfectly safe for you to remove the hair yourself during pregnancy. Bleach is not often recommended, as it is generally inadvisable to use toxic chemicals of any kind during your pregnancy. You are safest either leaving it, as the hair will definitely fall out once your pregnancy is over, or trying the safest method of removal. Remember, you’re still pregnant and you still have a baby whom you wish to protect. It is best not to risk your health, or the health of your unborn child, if the problem will be resolved in a few months. Your bodily hair is not a sign that something is wrong or that you are unhealthy, so do not worry.


Does this tell me anything specific about the pregnancy?

Everything that happens during your pregnancy intrigues you. You have most likely wondered what the meaning behind each of these bodily changes is and whether it tells you anything deeper and more exciting about your unborn baby. One of the key questions on the lips of many pregnant mothers is ‘Can I figure out my baby’s gender?’

Of course, many such tales have been spun out of such ideas. In terms of a hairy stomach, it is often suggested that darker hair on the belly signifies that the baby will be a boy. It is seen as an indication of the gender before the doctor can tell you for certain.

However, this is entirely untrue. The gender of a child can have a hormonal effect on the pregnant mother, but it is not medically accurate to suggest that a male child has that kind of physical effect on the body of his mother.


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