Written By Britany Robinson, December 2021

“Women often develop a ‘linea negra,’ or a dark line that extends horizontally from the pubic area over the belly,” added Kecia Gaither, an OB-GYN and director of Perinatal Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. Hyperpigmentation is purely an aesthetic concern and does not pose any risk to you or your baby. And since hyperpigmentation can take several months to fade after delivery, the best approach is prevention—don’t spend too much time in the sun and always, always wear sunscreen.

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