Why Does My Pee Smell Like Chicken Broth While Pregnant?

One curious thing that some pregnant moms notice is that their pee starts to smell a bit like chicken broth. If you’re expecting and have experienced this, you’re not alone, and there’s usually a simple explanation.

During pregnancy, your body goes through a whole lot of hormonal changes. These hormones can affect your sense of smell, making you more sensitive to odors you might not have noticed before.

On top of that, the amount of fluids you consume and the kinds of foods you eat can change the smell of your urine.

For instance, eating a lot of protein, which is found in chicken and other meats, can give your pee a broth-like odor due to the way your body breaks down the proteins.

Additionally, the vitamins and supplements pregnant women take, such as prenatal vitamins, can change the smell of urine as well.

These supplements are packed with different nutrients that your body is processing, and the excess that your body doesn’t need gets flushed out when you pee, sometimes carrying a distinctive smell with it.

It’s also worth noting that during pregnancy, you’re at a higher risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs), which can also change the way your pee smells.

If you’re experiencing any discomfort or other symptoms along with the change in scent, it’s certainly worth mentioning to your healthcare provider.

In most cases, the chicken broth-like smell of your urine during pregnancy is just one of the many quirks of this special time.

Staying hydrated, eating a balanced diet, and keeping regular prenatal check-ups with your doctor are always good practices to ensure you and your baby are healthy.

If ever in doubt about any symptom you’re currently experiencing, your doctor is the best place to turn for advice and reassurance.

Is It Normal for Pee to Smell Like Chicken Broth While Pregnant?

As initially discussed, it is typical for certain physiological changes to occur during pregnancy. This could include changes in urine, such as an increase in frequency due to the production of hCG and the pressure of a growing uterus on the bladder.

While some women may notice a stronger smell in their urine, it’s not necessarily documented that it should smell like chicken broth specifically.

Changes in smell sensitivity often do occur during pregnancy, which can make a woman perceive her urine (or other things) to have a stronger or different smell.

Your increased sense of smell might be interpreting the normal smell of urine as similar to chicken broth.

It’s also worth noting that some foods and medications, including some prenatal vitamins, can affect the scent of your urine.

If the smell is accompanied by other symptoms, such as pain or changes in color, this could suggest a urinary tract infection or another health concern in which case it would be advisable to consult with a healthcare provider.

So while it’s not explicitly “normal” for urine to smell like chicken broth during pregnancy, changes in smell perception and the influence of diet and medication can lead to a change in urine odor.

So What Does The Normal Pregnancy Pee Smell Like?

It’s not that there’s a specific “pregnancy pee” smell that’s the same for everyone, but rather that the changes your body goes through can affect the odor of your urine in various ways.

Firstly, your body is working overtime to support both you and your growing baby, which includes your kidneys working harder to filter out waste.

This can sometimes make your urine more concentrated, especially if you’re not drinking enough water, and concentrated urine tends to have a stronger smell.

Additionally, pregnancy can heighten your sense of smell. This means that urine might not necessarily smell differently than it did before, but you might be more sensitive to its odor, making it seem stronger or just different.

Your diet can also play a big role in how your pee smells. When pregnant, you might be taking prenatal vitamins and eating different foods, which can change the odor of your urine.

Foods with strong smells, such as asparagus or coffee, can make your urine have a more noticeable scent.

Lastly, hormones! Pregnancy causes your body to produce a flood of hormones that can affect all sorts of things, including the smell of your pee.

So, while there’s no one answer to what pregnancy pee smells like, these factors can cause you to notice a change.

If the smell is accompanied by other symptoms, like pain or burning when you pee, it could be worth checking with a healthcare provider to make sure everything’s okay.

Are There Natural Remedies to Manage Unusual Urine Odor During Pregnancy?

Here are some natural ways to help manage unusual urine odor during your pregnancy:

  • Drink Plenty of Water: Staying hydrated is super important when you’re pregnant. Drinking lots of water can help dilute your urine and make the smell less noticeable. Aim for about 8-10 glasses of water a day.
  • Eat Healthy Foods: Your diet can affect how your pee smells. Try to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and cut down on foods that are known to make urine smell strong, like coffee, asparagus, and garlic.
  • Vitamin C: Some people find that taking vitamin C helps with urine odor. You can get this from fruits like oranges and strawberries, or you might consider taking a supplement after talking with your healthcare provider.
  • Cranberry Juice: Drinking cranberry juice is often recommended for urinary tract health, and it might help with urine odor too. Make sure you’re choosing a pure cranberry juice, not a cranberry juice cocktail that’s loaded with sugar.
  • Good Hygiene: Keeping yourself clean can also help manage any unusual smells. Bathe regularly and wear loose, breathable clothes to keep the area around your urethra dry.
  • Limit Sugar and Processed Foods: Too much sugar and processed foods in your diet can sometimes affect how your pee smells. Try to cut back on these types of foods.
  • Snack on Yogurt: Yogurt with probiotics can be good for your digestive and urinary health. It’s a tasty snack that might also help with any weird pee smells.


In conclusion, if you’re pregnant and notice your pee smell like chicken broth, it’s probably because of the many changes your body is going through.

From your diet to hormones, and even how well you’re staying hydrated, there are lots of reasons why your urine’s odor might change. While it might seem odd, it’s usually not something to worry about.

Remember to drink plenty of water, maintain a balanced diet, and keep up with your hygiene. These steps can help manage any unusual smells.

However, if you’re ever concerned or notice other symptoms, it’s always best to chat with your healthcare provider to make sure everything’s okay.

So, don’t stress too much about that chicken broth smell; it’s just one of the many quirky things your body might do while you’re bringing new life into the world!

References: Medical News Today (Why does my urine smell like popcorn?) & National Library Of Medicine (Clinical significance of proteinuria in pregnancy)

Georgina Austin, CNM

Georgina Austin, CNM

Hello! I'm Gina, a certified midwife, a writer, an experienced one of course, and a proud mother of twins, Noel and Noelle. With eleven years of maternity support experience and my own journey through motherhood, I offer reliable information on women's health here on this blog.

In addition to writing about pregnancy and breastfeeding, I cover topics like sexual health, birth control, egg donation, sibling relationships, and managing life with multiple children. So, whatever issue you're facing as a woman, I've got you covered!