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If your periods are delayed and there is a possibility that you might be pregnant but with the current situation, you can’t really go out. Let’s explore what women before pregnancy kits used to do to determine their pregnancy status and look at the easy homemade test you can try in quarantine.
Women back in the day, even with all the difference we can point out now, were similar in one aspect when compared to the modern-day women – they had to know whether they were pregnant or not. It’s safe to say that majority of the people will mock the ancient ways that were called science back then. But we have got to give credits to them on how a number of their techniques turned out to be pretty accurate.
6 Pregnancy Test Kits with Everyday Items
Coming back to the topic, let’s imagine a scenario where you’re living in the 1920s. The suspicion of a possible pregnancy enters your mind because you’ve missed your periods – what do you do? Nope, you can’t run to the store to get a pregnancy test because, well it wasn’t invented back then. You’ll opt to try a homemade test! Tests that have made its way to the modern-day and is still used in many parts around the world. So without further ado, here are 6 pregnancy test kits with everyday items that you can try at home!
1.Toothpaste pregnancy test
Lots of people are aware of the toothpaste pregnancy test. It’s an interesting way to test pregnancy at home and feels like a science experiment. The plus point of this technique is that the components are readily available at home and the negative side is that – well, the result isn’t reliable (surprise, surprise). All you need to try this out is a disposable cup, your urine, a mixing stick, and white toothpaste.
The result will be very unreliable if the toothpaste isn’t white because the artificial coloring might interfere with the reaction. When you’re set to take the test, squeeze the toothpaste into the disposable cup, add in few drops of urine in it and mix.
A pregnant woman’s urine has hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin - a hormone that a female’s body produces when she is pregnant) that is made of amino acids. When amino acids react with a chemical in toothpaste called calcium carbonate, it reacts and produces foam. So if you see foam, it means positive. Some have reported that the mixture turns blue sometimes but this cannot be explained with science.
2. Sugar pregnancy test
Let’s start with the fact that there isn’t science-backed evidence to prove that this test is reliable. The advocates of sugar pregnancy test say that hCG present in a pregnant women’s urine makes it harder for the sugar to dissolve. To perform this test all the things you need are your morning urine, a few spoons of white sugar, a sterilized bowl and a mixer (can be a spoon or a stick). Pour urine in the bowl, add in the sugar and mix. If the sugar doesn’t dissolve and clumps together, you’re pregnant. If it dissolves that indicates that there is no hCG in the urine and you’re not pregnant.
3. Mustard powder pregnancy test
Mustard powder test is the most pampering of all of the tests mentioned here. But the result of this test is delayed when compared to other homemade tests. All you need to conduct this test is a bathtub filled with warm water and organic mustard powder. Get the bathtub prepared and mix a full bowl of organic mustard seed in it. Then hop in and relax for at least half an hour. You can put on some music and light candles for soothing and more pampering exp. After you’re done, take a shower and wait. This remedy is done to cure delayed periods. If your periods aren’t on time, you’ll get them within the next 2 days which will indicate a negative result on the test. If you don’t, it's positive and you’re pregnant.
4. Wheat & barley pregnancy test
Wheat and barley pregnancy test was used by Ancient Egyptian women to test whether their pregnant or not. In that age, Egyptian women used bags of grains and they had another tactic up their sleeves that revealed the gender of the child too. They used wheat and barley bags and peed in both of them. The test would be positive if either bag of grain sprouted. Nope, this isn’t the end. Let’s explore how they used to conclude the gender of their babies. Which bag sprouted first is how the sex of the child was found. If the bag of wheat had sprouted first – the woman was with a baby girl and vice versa.
A study conducted in 1963 at the National Institute of Health showed that the results from this method are accurate 70% of the time. It is safe to say that the method is the most reliable one discussed so far. However, the same study deemed the gender part to be completely unreliable. So ladies, to try this test, you only need one bag of grains either wheat or barley – whichever one is available.
5. Baking soda pregnancy test
The baking soda pregnancy test is quite similar to the toothpaste pregnancy test. The bicarbonate present in the baking soda reacts with most of the acids. This is why if you’re pregnant, your urine will have hCG hormone that is produced of acids. The amino acid in your urine will react with bicarbonate present in baking soda creating a foam mixture. To conduct this, all you need are two bowls. Add in baking powder in one and urinate in the other. Pour your urine in the baking soda container and if it’s positive, you will see foam and if it’s a negative, well you’ll have a mixture of urine with baking soda and no foam. Morning urine gives the best result. However, the results can be skewed based on what you’ve eaten because some foods can make your urine acidic too.
6. Salt pregnancy test
Salt pregnancy test is one popular method to conduct a home pregnancy test. Mostly because you might have run out of baking soda or you might have a colored toothpaste at home – there is close to no chance that you don’t have salt at home. How to do the test is exactly like the method of a baking soda pregnancy test. You need a few spoons of salt and your morning urine. Mix both and wait. If you’re really pregnant, the mixture becomes a cheesy milky like consistency. If you’re not pregnant, it’ll look like just that - salt and urine. The waiting period to see results isn’t confirmed. Some say it’ll show up within 15 minutes but most of the votes go to a waiting period of 8 hours to be really sure. This test isn’t backed by research so it’s better to take a pregnancy test. Salt pregnancy test shouldn’t be taken more seriously than just another fun science experience at home. There are no studies or scientific experiments that says salt can react with HCG.
While it is always recommended to get yourself actually tested because even the store-bought pregnancy kits aren’t reliable sometimes. All in all, the techniques mentioned above are a fun way to try for pregnancy when your periods are delayed. All of these tests, homemade or store-bought, rely on amino acid in hCG hormone present in a pregnant women’s urine but what makes all of these not very reliable is the fact that the eating and hydration habits can also contribute to having acidic urine. Hence, it is always a smart move to wait for your doctor’s statement to paint your nursery blue or pink.
You’ve probably got all the things in your home already. So why not try all of them and make a day off because there is only so much you can do in quarantine. Know that while bringing a child into the world can prove to be a magical experience, it is also a great responsibility. We hope to have helped you out and wish you all the best in whatever your next step maybe!