As the fetus grows, the uterus expands beyond its usual position to accommodate it. This movement puts pressure on the abdomen, including the bellybutton. During the second trimester, the uterus no longer fits inside the pelvis. It now sits between the navel and breast.
As your belly expands with your baby, you may notice purple, red, or silver marks on your skin. These are called stretch marks. Stretch marks happen when your skin grows too quickly and the fibers in your skin tear. When they first develop, stretch marks are usually red or purple.
Increased melanin production is what makes your skin change color during pregnancy. At some point during your second trimester, you may notice a dark brown line running down the middle of your abdomen, between your belly button and pubic area. This line is called the linea alba.
Can your belly bruise when pregnant?
Bruising in pregnancy
Doctors will check a woman’s platelet levels throughout a pregnancy term, but bruising could be a symptom of gestational thrombocytopenia , which leads to a low platelet count. This occurs in 4.4% to 11.6% of pregnancies. This accounts for around 75% of all cases of thrombocytopenia in pregnancy.
Primarily, Cullen sign presents as severe discoloration and bruising around the navel, accompanied by swelling in the region. The color of the bruise varies based on the severity of the condition, ranging from yellow/green in more moderate cases, to purple in severe ones.
To avoid infection, you should daily cleanse the navel area in the shower or bath. Completely remove the belly button piercing at least once a week to thoroughly cleanse this area with warm soap and water. Allow the area to air dry before re-inserting the belly button ring.
Is it okay to poke my pregnant belly? Sure…if that’s what you want to do. It might seem weird at first, since baby is so small and still developing. But your baby is incredibly well cushioned in there.
Belly Button Goes Flat
Yes, as your stomach expands with the baby, you may notice that your belly button becomes flat and taut against your skin. This is normal and will usually revert back to your normal belly button once your baby is born. Sometimes you will see a flap of skin that lays flat with an indent.
Omphaloliths. As dead skin cells and sebum — the oil secreted by your skin — accumulate in your bellybutton, they can form an omphalolith over time. Also known as a navel stone, they’re made of the same materials that form blackheads. The surface of a navel stone will turn black from oxidation.
As you can see, it is not attached to anything in the body. The belly button is where the umbilical cord attaches to the fetus, connecting the developing baby to the placenta.
What are some bad signs during pregnancy?
While some signs may only appear at certain times during your pregnancy, many can occur at any stage, including:
- prolonged or severe vomiting.
- bleeding from your vagina.
- a discharge from your vagina that is unusual, or a lot more than usual.
- severe or long-lasting headaches.
- continuing weight loss.
- fever or chills.
Does low iron cause bruising?
You may begin to bruise easily if you aren’t getting enough iron. That’s because your body needs iron to keep your blood cells healthy. If your blood cells aren’t healthy, your body won’t be able to get the oxygen that it needs to function. This may make your skin more susceptible to bruising.
Can an unborn baby sense their father?
Can babies in the womb sense their father? The truth is, an unborn baby can feel a touch from anyone, but babies start to show a preference for touch that’s familiar. Pregnancy is a time for babies to get to know the people who will be important to them in the outside world.