7.8.1  Linea nigra

This dark line may appear between the umbilicus (belly-button) and the symphysis pubis (pubic bone); in some pregnant women it may extend as high as the sternum (the bone between the breasts). It is a hormone-induced excess production of brown material (pigment) in the skin cells in this area. After delivery, the line begins to fade, though it may never completely disappear.

7.8.2  Mask of pregnancy (chloasma)