BETTINA SALOMON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY BETTINA SALOMON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Naked pregnant woman holding her swollen abdomen. Stretch marks are visible as thin lines on her abdomen. These are caused by thinning and loss of elasticity in the lower layer of the skin (dermis) as the abdomen swells. Her breasts have enlarged and her nipples and areolae (circles surrounding the nipples) have darkened, ready to produce milk to feed her newborn baby.
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