The most joyous part of a woman’s life is to become a mother. But the road to this path is unpredictable and laborious, so you start your long journey with a pregnancy test. If you take a home pregnancy test, it can be a little nerve-wracking particularly if you are not confident that you can trust the results.
You may get nervous about the results while taking a pregnancy test. You would naturally prefer your pregnancy test in a doctor’s laboratory to be very sure about your report. You can find many pregnancy test kits nowadays available in a drugstore as you look for ways to do homemade pregnancy testing. Studies have shown that they are not as precise as they are shown, however, if your result is positive, you can always visit the doctor.
When the woman conceives, the fetus is embedded into the wall of the uterus and is attached through the placenta which helps the embryo to develop. The human gonadotropin (hCG), enters the bloodstream and urine, and the development of the baby starts.
In the test, hCG is detected by anti copper. The hormone concentration rises very fast and increases every two to three days during the first few weeks of pregnancy. If you take the test at the beginning of your pregnancy it is usually harder to detect. Therefore it is recommended to check for it one day after you’ve missed your periods.
Homemade pregnancy test
Did you know you could perform your pregnancy tests at home and get reliable results? Here are a few homemade pregnancy tests that you can perform at home easily. All you need is a few ingredients.
- Pregnancy test with salt
Salt can be found on every kitchen shelf. Everything you need is a morning urine sample, a pinch of salt, and a clean glass to mix up the ingredients. In the bottle, add the urine sample and pinch or two of the salt. Wait for some time. If you’re pregnant, you can see that the reaction has creamy white clumps. If you are not pregnant because no reaction occurs between urine and salt.
- Pregnancy test with sugar
Sugar is easily available in every household. What you need to do is collect a urine sample in a cup and a cubicle of sugar, preferably the morning urine sample. In the cup, add sugar and the urine sample. The urine-containing hCG does not quickly dissolve the sugar. If you are pregnant, the sugar and urine solution will start forming lumps. However, if the sugar dissolves readily in the urine, it would indicate that you are not pregnant.
- Using bleach for a pregnancy test
This method is similar to the salt and sugar test and this approach can yield the most precise and fast results than any other. Take a clean container to collect urine and add some bleaching powder to it and mix it thoroughly. Avoid the formation of lumps in the urine and bleach solution. If you have a combination of foam or fizz, you’re pregnant and you’re not pregnant when there is no foam.
- Wheat and barley
Wheat and barley is a staple in India. Were you aware that they would help you decide the condition of your pregnancy? Well, when these seeds are allowed to germinate in a pregnant woman’s urine, they grow 2 times faster than they would in water. Isn’t it shocking?
All you need is barley and wheat seeds, a sample of urine, and a clean bowl in which the test is to be performed. Take a cup, pour a sample of urine and add some grain of wheat, and barley. Allow it to germinate for two days. If you are pregnant, the seeds will germinate within 2 days, but if you are not, they will not get sprouted.
- Pregnancy test with toothpaste
Any toothpaste may be used, just make sure it is white. In a tin, apply the urine test and take two tablespoons of white paste. You’re pregnant when the toothpaste changes its color or form bubbles on it. If it doesn’t you know the answer.
- Pregnancy test with vinegar
You can also confirm your pregnancy with vinegar. For this specific test, you’re going to need white vinegar. Take in a plastic tub two teaspoons of white vinegar. Then add your urine sample to it. If vinegar changes color and forms bubbles you are pregnant and if there is no modification, you are not pregnant.
- Pregnancy test with soap
To conduct this test, you can use any kind of bath soap. Take a little piece of soap and add a urine sample to it. It means you’re pregnant when it makes bubbles, but if it does not, you’re not pregnant.
- Mustard seed powder test for pregnancy
If you are late and suspect that you are pregnant, you can test your pregnancy instead of rushing to the pharmacy. You just need a 3⁄4th cup mustard seed powder and a bathtub filled with warm water for this test. It is said that mustard powder is useful in heating the body and to help in delayed periods. Add mustard powder to the warm bathtub water and stay in it for approximately 20 minutes. Wait for 2 to 3 days. You could be pregnant if you do not get your periods even after waiting for a considerable amount of time. However, it indicates that you are pregnant if you get your cycles.
- Pregnancy test with Dettol
In every Indian house, Dettol can easily be found. It is an antiseptic drug used to treat wounds and scars. Were you aware that it could be used for the home childbirth test, too? All you need is a clean glass for performing the test, a urine sample, and 2 tablespoons of Dettol.
Mix 1 Dettol spoon and 3 urine spoons in the container or glass that you are using. The solution must be in a ratio of 1:3. Wait for 5 to 7 minutes. You are pregnant when your urine splits from Dettol and forms another sheet. There will be no conception if urine and Dettol combine and both do not separate.
While at-home pregnancy tests have been in practice for generations and there is a great deal of history behind their use, no definitive evidence exists or science shows that all these tests achieve a 100% positive result.
Coincidence may also be a positive outcome. In addition to home-made testing, a woman can learn about her pregnancy through certain instruments for fertility monitoring and awareness-raising (like basal body temperature measurement, ovulation dates tracking). They take longer to process and require advanced expertise while being trustworthy.