Kelly Rowland shares "bizarre" skin colour change during pregnancy

Jennifer Savin
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Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

After announcing her second pregnancy with husband Tim Weatherspoon, Kelly Rowland has been keeping her 10 million Instagram fans up to date with how she's progressing – and in her latest video she revealed that she's experiencing an unexpected side effect of growing a baby (no easy feat).

Posting a video of herself in some very cosy looking loungewear, the Destiny's Child star-turned-solo artist said she's struggling to find clothes that fit over her ever-growing bump. "This is 'In The Moment', don't you love?" she says in the footage, giving a twirl, referring to her outfit from Fabletics (for which she is an ambassador). "It's very comfortable, I will say." Kelly then adds, "I mean it can't fit all of my belly, but it's all good!" and gives a laugh, before lifting her hooded sweater and revealing her bump.

One eagle-eyed fan, after watching the video, spotted that Kelly's skin on her bump has slightly changed colour – something the social media user says she experienced during pregnancy too – and commented, "I’m so happy to see her skin also darkens 😂 my pregnancy had me looking crazy!!!!"

Seeing the message, Kelly then replied that she'd noticed too and was embracing the change. "Boo, my belly is getting darker by the day and I have no complaints," the singer responded. "It IS THE MOST bizarre thing ever!"

Others joined the conversation, sharing that they'd also experienced something similar. "Mine did the same thing with my boys," said one. Another chimed in with, "I believe it's called melasma. More common in darker skinned women. Can happen all over the body. I had it with 3 of my 5 pregnancies. It definitely is bizarre, just makes me think of the wonders of the human body. Congratulations!!"

The NHS website says it's totally normal for expectant mothers to experience darkening of the skin, in particular around the nipples, in patches all over, or in the form of a line down the middle of the stomach known as linea nigra. This, it explains, is all down to hormonal changes in the body: "Hormonal changes taking place in pregnancy will make your nipples and the area around them go darker. Your skin colour may also darken a little, either in patches or all over.

"Birthmarks, moles and freckles may also darken. Some women develop a dark line down the middle of their stomach. These changes will gradually fade after the baby is born, although your nipples may remain a little darker."

So although your skin changing colour during pregnancy may come as a surprise, it's nothing to worry about (that said, if you have any concerns related to your health it's always best to book in to see your GP).

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