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. Stored Urine Test:
- Collect your urine in a bottle or vessel like you would for a normal urine test.
- Then 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.
2. 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.
3. 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 colour or begins to froth, you probably are pregnant.
4. Bleach Test: