What Does Hcg Smell Like In Early Pregnancy

It might be stating the obvious, but if you’ve missed a period (especially if your periods usually run like clockwork), you’re probably suspecting pregnancy, and for good reason. A missed period is one early pregnancy symptom all expectant moms experience!

However, many of these early pregnancy symptoms will resemble those you experience just before your period, making it difficult to differentiate between the two.

Your areolas, the circles surrounding your nipples, could darken and enlarge. On your areolas, you may also begin to notice that the small bumps are becoming more numerous and larger. When the baby begins nursing, these bumps, known as Montgomery’s tubercles, are preparing to produce more oils to lubricate your nipples.

This early pregnancy symptom resembling seasickness can be caused by hormones, specifically higher levels of progesterone (although estrogen and hCG can also play a role).

Some women have what seems to be an unusually short or light period after they’ve already gotten pregnant. It’s actually often implantation bleeding (more on that below), but it can be mistaken for your last menstrual period. So you may not realize you missed your period, at least at first.

Common Changes in Urine During Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, your urine’s color and odor may change.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, if your urine appears darker and more concentrated, you may be dehydrated. Pregnant women should drink more water than usual, and checking the color of your urine can help you know if you’re getting enough fluids. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), morning sickness, especially hyperemesis gravidarum (severe morning sickness) — which can cause vomiting — can also result in dehydration.

Your hormones could change the smell of your urine during pregnancy. However, according to the ACOG, a strong urine odor may also be a sign of a urinary tract infection. It’s interesting to note that some pregnant women may experience an increase in their sense of smell, making them more sensitive to the naturally occurring ammonia-like smell of their urine.

Your urine may contain blood as a result of vaginal bleeding. According to the ACOG, if you notice this at any point during your pregnancy, contact your doctor. At the beginning of their pregnancy, some women may experience light implantation bleeding, which is not always a problem. Additionally, light bleeding after sex, an internal examination, or a pap smear may occur in women. According to the ACOG, vaginal bleeding may also be a sign of a cervix or vaginal infection.

Drinking cranberry juice or apple cider vinegar

A lot of people think that cranberry juice and apple cider vinegar can make urine more acidic, which might help make it smell less.

Although cranberry juice has long been recommended as a home treatment for UTIs, there is no solid proof that it works.

Urine becomes more uric acid-concentrated the longer it stays in the bladder. Holding in urine also gives bacteria time to multiply.

It may be possible to lessen concentration and odor by urinating more frequently or before the urge arises.

Probiotics are healthy intestinal bacteria. Consuming probiotic-rich foods or taking probiotic supplements may help lower the risk of developing bacterial UTIs.

Some research shows that probiotics found in fermented milk products, such as yogurt or kefir, may help prevent urinary infections and promote vaginal health.

Having multiple sexual partners or engaging in sexual activity without using a condom increases the risk of developing ailments linked to ammonia-smelling urine. This includes UTIs and some sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Rarely is an ammonia-smelling vagina a sign of an STI.

However, some STIs, particularly chlamydia, are known to produce strong or unpleasant-smelling urine. Getting tested for STIs is crucial because infections like chlamydia frequently occur without symptoms.

The following additional STI symptoms and signs are linked to urine with an offensive odor:

  • lower abdominal pain
  • vaginal discharge
  • painful urination
  • cloudy urine
  • painful, swollen labia or external genitalia
  • A person can make easy changes to reduce the odor if the vagina has an ammonia smell as a result of particular lifestyle factors, such as dehydration and dietary preferences.

    Common tips for reducing ammonia-smelling urine include:

  • staying hydrated
  • avoiding foods that can cause urine to smell like ammonia, especially asparagus
  • limiting supplement or multivitamin use, especially those containing B vitamins
  • practicing safe sex
  • practicing good hygiene
  • urinating more frequently
  • If detected in time, antibiotics can effectively treat the majority of UTIs and STIs. But not all antibiotics are suitable for use by expectant mothers.

    While fluoroquinolones, sulphonamides, and trimethoprim should be avoided during pregnancy, penicillin and cephalosporin-based antibiotics are thought to be safe to take.

    The majority of ammonia produced by the body’s digestion of protein in the intestines. The intestines are home to millions of microbes, mostly bacteria, that aid in digestion.

    Following digestion, ammonia is absorbed in the blood and excreted into the liver, where it is converted into the less toxic compounds uric acid and glutamine.

    The kidneys are where uric acid is then transported by the blood to be diluted with water and eliminated from the body as urine.

    Ammonia is toxic, and elevated levels in the blood can result in symptoms like:

    If the liver is unable to convert ammonia into uric acid, usually because of severe hepatitis or cirrhosis, high levels of ammonia may develop.

    Very high blood levels of ammonia eventually result in breathing difficulties, seizures, coma, and death if untreated.

    There are many reasons why the vagina can smell like ammonia, but pregnancy is the most common.

    Usually harmless, the condition is brought on by things like dietary changes and dehydration.

    However, a woman should consult her doctor if the ammonia smell permeates her vagina for more than a few days or does not go away after making lifestyle changes.

    It is known that certain conditions linked to unusually smelling urine, such as UTIs and STIs, which call for immediate medical attention, are more likely to occur during pregnancy.

    Urine with a persistent ammonia odor, though extremely uncommon, may indicate serious illnesses like kidney or liver failure.

    Last medically reviewed on March 28, 2018

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