While a scientific pregnancy test is the best way to confirm pregnancy, there are a number of historical, non-medical ways that were used before these miraculous devices were invented.

1. Wheat and Barley Test:
This practice originated in ancient Egypt and in recent times was even tested in a laboratory to yield 70% accurate results. Women are advised to urinate on wheat and barley seeds over the course of several days.

If the wheat sprouts, she is to have a baby girl, and if the barley sprouts, a boy.
If neither sprouts, she isn’t pregnant

2. Stored Urine Test:
Collect your urine in a bottle or vessel like you would for a normal urine test. Leave it untouched for about 3-4 hours.

If a white film forms on the surface of the urine, chances are you may be pregnant.
If there is no change in the urine and it remains clear, you are not pregnant.

3. Bleach Test:
Collect the first urine of the day and add some bleaching powder to it.

If the urine starts fizzing and foaming, there is a good chance you may be pregnant.
If you cannot get your hands on bleach, try using a concentrated soap solution.

4. Toothpaste Test:
Since the first urine of the day holds the secret, collect it in a bottle. Take some white tooth paste and add the urine sample to it. Let it stand for a couple of hours.

If it changes color or begins to froth, you probably are pregnant

5. Mustard Powder Test:
Mustard powder is considered to be a period inducer. So if you have missed your period or it is delayed, soak in a bath prepared with 2 cups of mustard powder followed by a warm shower. If you get your period after this in a day or two, it was probably just a false alarm. But 2 weeks after this test, if there is still no sign of your period, you are most likely pregnant.

6. Look for the Sign:
In the early stages of pregnancy – roughly at six to eight weeks, the cervix, labia and vagina can take on a dark bluish or purple-red color due to increased blood flow to the area. This sign shows up much before food cravings or nausea. It was first noticed in 1836 by a French physician. In 1886, James Read Chadwick, an obstetrician bought up the discovery at an American Gynecological Society meeting and is today known as ‘Chadwick’s Sign’.

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