With your changing body and growing belly, you’ve probably never paid so much attention to your belly button as you are now that you’re pregnant. While belly buttons are usually a part of the body that go relatively unnoticed, you are bound to be experiencing all sorts of changes with the little guy. These changes are all extremely common and expected during pregnancy. Especially with your tummy expanding and hormones raging, your belly button will be affected in all sorts of ways.
You may have had an inny belly button your whole life, but now all of a sudden, you notice that your belly button is sticking out. The reason for this is simple; your abdomen expands, pushing your belly button out. This is temporary, and there is really nothing that can be done about it. If it makes you self conscious, just keep it covered until it goes back in post pregnancy.
Also because your abdomen is expanding, your muscles are stretching. This may cause some soreness in your belly button. However, if the pain is extreme, have your doctors check it out to make sure there is not a disturbance in your muscles.
It is extremely common for your belly button to be quite itchy during your pregnancy. This is because of the stretching of your skin. While this is not a safety concern, it can be annoying and uncomfortable. The best way to soothe your itchy belly button is to keep it well moisturized with an unscented body lotion.
The linea nigra is the dark line you may notice running from your belly button down to your pelvic bone. This is not actually something that develops during your pregnancy- it is always there, but your increased pregnancy hormones cause darker pigmentation, making this line more noticeable. This is also something that can not really be prevented or gotten rid of, but don’t worry- after your pregnancy, the line will fade.
Many women notice a hairy belly button during their pregnancy. Because of the increase in hormones, you have probably seen that your hair is growing in thicker, and that you are growing hair in places that you previously have not noticed hair- your belly button is no exception. It may be tempting to pluck or bleach this hair, but this is not recommended- plucking hair on your sensitive belly button can be extremely painful during this time, and bleaches should be avoided because of the chemicals contact with your skin. As unpleasant as you may find the hair, your best bet is to just wait it out- they will fall out after your pregnancy.