Today, the question of whether you are pregnant or not can easily be answered by a simple pregnancy test or a visit to your doctor. To some, these methods are standard and the no-brainer choice; these methods, however, are not the only ones available, and they also have their drawbacks.
Pregnancy tests have been invented just recently, and do you wonder how women or people in general in the past determine their status before the belly gets swollen? The question or status of pregnancy can put a lot of pressure on people, so don’t be surprised if they have invented ingenious ways of answering the question.
And in this article, I will share with you "How to know if you're pregnant or not?" The 7 Easy and simple homemade DIY pregnancy tests.
The early signs of pregnancy
Before you go bothering reading this whole article, you must first read this section and identify whether having a legitimate reason for worrying you are pregnant or not. These are the early signs of pregnancy:
Missed Period – A missed period is the capital and one of the first signs to look for when you are pregnant. Don’t be so quick to worry, however, if today was supposed to be your menstruation day and you didn’t have it because chances are your menstruation only got delayed and it’s a pretty normal thing. If you wouldn’t have your menstruation for extra two or three weeks, however, there’s a legitimate chance that you are pregnant.
Tender or Swollen Breasts – Pregnancy causes hormonal changes and imbalances, and sometimes these changes manifest in the body. A Sore, Tender or Swollen Breasts is one of the signs of these changes.
Morning Sickness – Another effect of these hormonal changes is the morning sickness. It is vomiting or nausea on a regular basis and can occur at different times of the day, not just only in the morning. Morning sickness can manifest as early as three weeks of conception, and it is one of the earliest signs you should look out for.
Fatigue – These hormonal changes can cause undue fatigue on your body, making you more sleepy having little energy all of the time.
Food Cravings – Food cravings is also one of the early signs of pregnancy. If you have food cravings all the time and then accompanied by the signs and symptoms just mentioned above, then there’s a legitimate chance that you are pregnant.
Benefits of DIY Pregnancy Test
Modern and commercial pregnancy tests are readily available over the counter, so why should you consider making DIY Pregnancy Test at all?
Cheaper – The homemade DIY pregnancy test is the most cost-effective way of determining whether you are pregnant or not. Saving money is important, for having a baby requires a lot of money. Depending on the method of your choice or the availability of materials, which can easily be found in your home, the natural and DIY pregnancy test will cost you nothing.
Keeping it to yourself – Pregnancy sometimes comes unexpected, and in these times, you are still not prepared on announcing it to your parents or friends. Buying commercial pregnancy tests, however, can reveal your secret. Here’s where the DIY pregnancy tests come into play, you can test yourself on your own time in your personal space.
Avoiding embarrassment – Buying commercial pregnancy tests over the counter can be an embarrassing experience, especially if you are young or a teenager. Having homemade pregnancy test in the comfort and privacy in your room, this unnecessary experience can be avoided.
Hassle Free – Going to the drugstore or making appointments and going the hospital can be very hassled and will require your time. Having homemade and DIY pregnancy test can save you the hassle because it is very easy to do and the materials can be easily found in your home.
Home-made DIY Pregnancy Test
When a woman becomes pregnant, her body produces a unique hormone called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG), homemade DIY Pregnancy tests operate on finding the presence of this hormone in the woman’s urine.
To increase the accuracy of these tests, it is best to use the woman’s urine in the morning and in amounts proportional to the other substances that will be used.
After probably having legitimate reasons for suspecting you are pregnant and knowing the benefits of home-made DIY Pregnancy tests, let’s get on with the list.
1. Sugar Pregnancy Test
This pregnancy test is surely one of the easiest. All you need is an unused or disposable bowl and several spoonfuls of sugar. Make sure that your sugar is granulated and not powdered because it will not produce the same result.
Just put the sugar into the cup and then collect your urine for it. Be careful on putting too much or too little amount of sugar, make sure that the amount of urine can handle and dissolve all of the sugar.
The formation of clumps of sugar indicates a positive result, and if the sugar just dissolves naturally, then you have a negative result.
2. Vinegar Pregnancy Test
This Pregnancy Test is one of the most common and probably one of the oldest methods. All you need is a plastic cup, 1 cup of vinegar, and a half or one cup of urine.
Just mix the vinegar and the urine in the plastic cup, and let it be for 3-5 minutes.You have a positive result if the color of the vinegar changes, and you have a negative result if the vinegar’s color didn’t change.
3. Toothpaste Pregnancy Test
You may be surprised by this pregnancy test, but yes, toothpaste can indicate pregnancy. All you need is 2 tablespoons of toothpaste, make sure that it is the plain white one, not the colored ones, and then a plastic cup.
Put the 2 tablespoons of toothpaste in the plastic cup, and then collect your urine for it. Wait for the mixture to settle for a couple of minutes.
If the mixture turns into blue or if produces foam, then you have a positive result. If it didn’t mix or didn’t have any reaction, then you have a negative result.
4. Bleach Pregnancy Test
What you’ll need in this test is a plastic cup, gloves, mask, half cup of bleach and urine.
To do this, first put your gloves on and mask, you don’t want to inhale the fumes of the bleach because it is harmful. Pour the bleach into the cup and then the urine. Let the mixture settle for 3-5 minutes.
If there is no reaction, you have a negative result, if it fizzles or foaming, then you have a positive result.
5. Pine Sol
Pine Sol is a common household cleaning agent that is considered as a disinfectant. The anti-bacterial property of pine sol makes it an excellent marker for identifying the presence of hCG.
Simply collect your urine in a plastic cup and then pour the Pine Sol into it and wait for a few minutes, preferably the same 3-5 minute range. If the color of the solution has changed, then you have positive results, if it didn’t, you have a negative result.
6. Dandelion Pregnancy Test
Dandelions are common flowers, and are probably growing in your backyard or your neighbors’. This test is one of the more accurate tests among this list.
Pluck few Dandelions and then go to your private space and separate the stem from the leaves. The leaves are what you need, so separate them in a wide plastic container.
Collect your urine in the container, make sure that the 3-4 dandelion leaves are completely soaked. Wait and let it be for 10 minutes or more.
You have a positive result if the leaves develop red blisters, and you have a negative result if it didn’t develop any blisters.
7. Urine Pregnancy Test
In this test, you don’t need any other substance but your urine. The drawback of this test is that you have to wait for 24 hours for the result.
All you have to do is collect your morning urine in a bottle of the jar with a flat bottom, and let it be for a day.
After a day, if you notice there is a small layer on the top of the urine, then you have a positive result, if there is none, you have a negative result.
Here is a short video about homemade pregnancy test was done on bleach, vinegar, toothpaste, pine sol and others. In this video, you can see clearly how she uses the ingredient in bleach to do the bleach pregnancy test and others.
Those are the 7 Homemade DIY methods you can do to know whether you are pregnant or not, and they are so easy to do, aren’t they? But you have to remember that they are a little tricky and they are not as accurate as the commercial pregnancy tests. You also have to do several methods for 2 to three times to have a basis of an answer.
If you are consistently getting positive results and you are noticing changes in your body, it is very important to consult a physician and inform your parents. This is for you and your baby’s safety and health.
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