The quickest and easiest way to test for pregnancy is to take a pregnancy test either at home or with your doctor. But what if you notice changes to your body before you can test? If you’ve been trying to conceive, it’s likely that you’re already on the lookout for changes in your body long before you can take an at home test. This could mean that even the smallest changes that you wouldn’t ordinarily notice are instantly amplified. One such change could be a sudden difference in the color of your urine. Has your urine suddenly become darker? Is bright yellow urine a sign of pregnancy? Your urine might change color during pregnancy due to the following factors:
- Urinary tract function
The color of your urine can change from pale yellow to a deeper amber color. This is generally down to how diluted or concentrated your urine is. Pale yellow urine is usually a good sign that you are well hydrated, with darker amber urine usually meaning that you are dehydrated.
It is common to wonder if your urine changes color due to pregnancy. There are so many changes going on in your body such as an increase in blood volume as well as your kidneys having to work harder to filter the increasing blood volume. Your kidneys can grow up to 1.5cm during pregnancy to accommodate this increase. With that said, however, pregnancy alone isn’t usually a reason to see a change in the color of your urine.
What Color is Your Pee during Early Pregnancy?
Ordinarily, the color of your pee in early pregnancy is not likely to be any different than the color of your pee at any other time. However, there are some instances that can cause a change in urine color. For example, if you are suffering from severe morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum, it will likely cause you to become dehydrated, thus making your urine much darker than usual. If you do find that you are vomiting an extreme amount and are unable to keep fluids down, it is advisable to seek medical care.
Why does the Color of Pee Change during Pregnancy?
- Brilliant Yellow
Some prenatal vitamins and medications can cause your urine to turn bright yellow. This could be quite alarming to some women who aren’t used to seeing neon pee in the toilet, but it is normal. Prenatal vitamins, particularly B vitamins – which are recommended by doctors in early pregnancy – can cause the urine to turn bright yellow. This is not normally a cause for concern, but you can try to increase the amount of water you drink to counteract this side effect.
Some foods can also affect the color of your urine. Animal products such as fish, meat and poultry, as well as most fortified breakfast cereals, also contain vitamin b12, which could add to the brighter color of your urine.
- Dark Yellow
Many women wonder if dark yellow urine is a sign of pregnancy. As with bright colored urine, there are many reasons why you may have darker than normal pee. Some laxatives can cause dark urine, as well as some antibiotics. For this reason, it is important to know the side effects of any medication you are taking before causing yourself any unnecessary alarm. Also, some foods can cause your pee to turn a darker shade, so if you’ve eaten things like beets or rhubarb recently, it is likely that your pee may be darker.
Another cause of dark urine is dehydration. If you have noticed that your urine is darker than usual, even if you have been taking medication, it is wise to up your intake of fluids.
Unfortunately, even the most obvious change to the shade of your pee can not tell you whether or not you are pregnant. The only reliable way to tell if you are pregnant is to wait until you can take a test. I know that it isn’t easy, the wait before you can take a test sometimes feels like an eternity, but working yourself up over every change to your body will only make that wait seem longer. The best thing you can do is to take care of yourself as best you can, take some vitamins, drink more water and get plenty of rest.
When to call your doctor.
Generally speaking, slight changes to the shade of your urine isn’t usually an indicator of pregnancy, nor is it a cause for concern. However, don’t be put off chatting with your primary care giver if you feel that you have any questions or concerns regarding the color or consistency of your urine.
If you notice blood in your urine, or if you have pain alongside urination, it is a good idea to contact your doctor. You may have a urinary tract infection that will only get worse if you do not seek medical attention.