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Doctor insights on: Linea Nigra And Not Pregnant

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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I have a linea nigra but not pregnant is there a connection between the linea nigra and adrenal fatigue which I belive I have?

I have a linea nigra but not pregnant is there a connection between the linea nigra and adrenal  fatigue which I belive I have?

Just to clarify: Hi. Just to clarify, there is no such thing as "adrenal fatigue". It's a made-up condition in the homeopathic community for which there is no scientific or clinical validity. Since linea nigra is real and adrenal fatigue is not, there is no relationship between the two. ...Read more

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How typical is it to have a linea nigra and not be pregnant?

How typical is it to have a linea nigra and not be pregnant?

Rarer: I don't know the incidence. It may occur is about 75% of pregnant women. It is no where's near this common in women who aren't pregnant but I could not find stats on this. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have linea nigra w/o being pregnant? Lmp 10/28/12 no sex since 9/2 even w/ that took a planb. So what's the deal?

Is it possible to have linea nigra w/o being pregnant? Lmp 10/28/12 no sex since 9/2 even w/ that took a planb. So what's the deal?

Could be hormonal: A linea nigra (literally "black line") can run either upward or downward (or both) from the belly button. Do you take birth control pills? They raise your hormone levels, like pregnancy does, and can cause linea nigra. If not, you could be secreting abnormal levels of hormones from your adrenal gland (or elsewhere), and you should see your doctor for lab tests. ...Read more

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A week ago I woke up and saw I had a linea nigra. Not pregnant and never have been. I'm 30/F. Internet says either pregnant or hormonal imbalance but do they ever show up and nothings wrong?

A week ago I woke up and saw I had a linea nigra. Not pregnant and never have been. I'm 30/F. Internet says either pregnant or hormonal imbalance but do they ever show up and nothings wrong?

Yes. Rarely.: You don't mention where you saw the iinea nigra.. If the skin darkening isn't in the middle of your lower abdomen, it's technically not "lina nigra" Linea nigra is caused by an increase in melanocyte-stimulating hormone. Pregnancy and oral contraceptives are common causes. If you aren't pregnant & not on OCP's, you should see a doctor to be checked for a hormonal problem. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a linea nigra but i'm not pregnant?

What to do if I have a linea nigra but i'm not pregnant?

Don't worry: Linea Nigra can develop during pregnancy, with use of some oral contraceptives & due to change is hormones. Adrenal gland insufficieny and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can be associated with Linea Nigra. Linea Nigra is not a pregnancy indicator. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a linea nigra but i'm not pregnant?

What do you recommend if I have a linea nigra but i'm not pregnant?

Are you sure...: First of all, be absolutely certain that you are not pregnant. If there is any question, then have a blood test performed. This is also possibly related to hormonal imbalances such as occurs with pcos. ...Read more