Stacey Solomon reveals her belly is 'covered in fur' - but why do pregnant women get hair on their baby bump?

A lot of physical changes happen to a woman's body when she's pregnant – and Stacey Solomon has just added to that list.

The TV star, 29, revealed in an Instagram post that she has developed a lot of hair on her tummy.

Stacey – who announced she was pregnant with boyfriend Joe Swash's baby in February – asked her 1.4m followers for their insight.

Captioning an image of her belly "covered in fur", she wrote: "I think I'm pregnant with a Furby.

"I need to know... Did anyone else's belly just suddenly become covered in fur?

"I'm not sure if you can see it but all of the grainy little lines are blonde hairs that I've never had before and now I've now started sprouting some lovely thick, wirey black ones around my belly button."

Stacey – who is a mum to two young sons from previous relationships – continued: "I've always had my hair tummy snail trail which is a line of hair that practically goes from my cleavage all the way done to my hoo-ha but never an all over fuzz.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10: Joe Swash attends the VIP Party with Stacey Solomon as she celebrates the launch of her new collection with Primark on October 10, 2018 in London, England. The collection launches on Thursday 11th October. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Primark)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash attend the Pride of Britain Awards 2018 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 29, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 18: Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash attend the exclusive launch for NERF Laser Ops Pro on July 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hasbro)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Joe Swash and Stacey Solomon attend the Britain's Got Talent Childline Ball at Old Billingsgate Market on September 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash attend day six of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29: Joe Swash and Stacey Solomon attend the National Film Awards at Porchester Hall on March 29, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Joe Maher/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: (L) Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash attend the Gala Screening of 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' at Cineworld Leicester Square on March 19, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: (L-R) Joe Swash and Stacey Solomon attend the opening night of Marvel Universe LIVE! At The O2 in London, where they experienced an epic live entertainment spectacular including Marvel characters such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and more on September 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Marvel Universe LIVE!)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Stacey Soloman and Joe Swash attend the UK Premiere of 'Finding Dory' at Odeon Leicester Square on July 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Joe Swash and Stacey Solomon attending Kevin Pietersen's KP24 Foundation Gala Dinner on June 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Milan/GC Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash arrive for the Gala Screening of 'Game of Thrones' Season 5, Episode 8: 'Hardhome' at Empire Leicester Square on March 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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"I'm not upset by it one bit I've always loved my, furrier than most, body, I'm just so fascinated as to why this happens?"

She added: "What does it mean? Is it to keep the Furby warm?

"Any incites are much appreciated (I think, as long as they're not scary, if you have something scary to say, DON'T my anxiety can't take it."

The post soon generated over 87k 'likes' and supportive comments from her followers.

Is pregnancy bell hair normal?

It turns out that what Stacey is going through is totally normal.

According to Healthline, it's very common for women who are having a child to develop excessive hair growth in particular areas of their body – known as hirsutism.

"Many pregnant women notice it on their stomach or other areas where they usually don't have much hair," they explain.

"While it might be a cosmetic annoyance, the extra hair is usually harmless and will likely go away after you give birth."

It is caused by a spike in a hormone called oestrogen, triggered by pregnancy, and this is why the new hair may be thicker and darker than the kind naturally on your head.

Arms, chest, face, glutes, lower back, neck, shoulders and upper back are also areas where pregnancy-related hair growth can happen.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists state that it should fade within six months of birth.

And, sadly there's no truth to the old wives' tale that it can help you tell whether you're having a boy.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo
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