Pregnancy has, of course, existed since the beginning of humankind. Up until a few decades ago, however, it was very difficult for women to test for pregnancies by themselves at home.
Naturally, there are thousands of old wives tales and home pregnancy tests that exist and are still are used today. For a variety of reasons, many women may prefer DIY home pregnancy tests using a herbal remedy or other household products such as tuna juice, white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or white toothpaste. They may consider it a more organic way of testing for pregnancy. A DIY test for pregnancy is also super cheap, with many of these concoctions requiring only 1 or 2 ingredients that you may already have at home. We believe that the most valuable reason for using a homemade pregnancy test is for entertainment purposes.
DIY recipes for pregnancy testing can be a lot of fun but the reliability of their results is up in the air. The most important thing to remember if you choose to perform an at home pregnancy test is to be careful of what ingredients you are using. We tend to like to steer clear of cleaning products and chemicals for tests like this, to ensure they remain fun.
If your at-home test comes back positive, you should always confirm with an at home test from a pharmacy or grocery store. Many can be really cheap—even the dollar store sells them! If your at-home test confirms you are pregnancy, you should make an appointment with your health care professional as soon as possible. A doctor or a midwife can help you maximize your health and have a happy, healthy pregnancy from start to finish.
All DIY pregnancy tests will be performed on your urine. The theory behind this is that certain ingredients will react differently to your urine if it contains human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). This HCG pregnancy hormone is produced by placenta when a fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall. In fact, even store bought pregnancy tests are testing for the HCG hormone in your urine.
To try to increase the odds of accuracy, you should perform your test with your morning pee. This urine is the most concentrated and will contain the highest levels of HCG hormone. You should also not drink a lot of water before you perform your pregnancy test. This will dilute your urine and make it less likely to detect small amounts of the pregnancy hormone HCG in your urine. Below, we will profile the five most popular (and safest) homemade pregnancy tests:
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1. The Dandelion Pregnancy Test
Obviously, it has to be spring or summer for you to perform the dandelion leaf test, as you need access to these flowers/weeds. To perform this test, you need 2 cups of dandelion leaves and a clean bowl. Soak the leaves in your morning urine in the bowl, ensuring that they are completely submerged. Wait 10 minutes. If the leaves have developed red blisters, it means that you are pregnant. If the leaves remain in their original state, then there is no hormone human chorionic gonadotropin present and you are not pregnant.
2. Toothpaste Pregnancy Test
The toothpaste test is another natural, non-toxic homemade pregnancy test. To perform this test, you will need a clean bowl and white toothpaste. Put two tablespoons of toothpaste into your bowl. Combine the toothpaste with your first urine of the day. Wait 10 minutes. If the toothpaste shows a color change by turning blue and starts to foam, then you are pregnant. Otherwise, the pregnancy test is negative.
3. Vinegar Pregnancy Test
For this pregnancy test, you will need half a cup of white vinegar and a bowl. Mix the vinegar and your morning urine in the bowl. Let the solution sit for 5 minutes. According to advocates of this method, if you are pregnant, the solution will change color. If you are not pregnant, there will be no noticeable change to the mixture.
4. Soap Pregnancy Test
Soap is another common ingredient that everyone has on hand. To perform this test, cut a small chunk of soap off of your bar of soap. Put it in a bowl and add some of your morning urine to it. Let the container sit for 2-5 minutes. If the mixture begins to foam and froth, then the test is meant to be positive. If there is no reaction, then there is no level of HCG present and your test is negative.
5. Urine Pregnancy Test
A urine test is probably the easiest pregnancy test of the bunch to perform. All that it requires is your collected morning urine and a jar. Pour your urine into a jar. Now let the jar sit for a full 24 hours. If the urine demonstrates no change, then the test is negative. However, if you notice a thin layer has collected on the top of the urine, then the pregnancy test is positive!
In conclusion, while these tests are fun to try out, they are in no way a proper substitute for support from a midwife or health care provider. Even if you yield a positive result, you should still consult a doctor to confirm your pregnancy. At-home urine tests are also a more reliable and accurate method of testing if you are pregnant for certain.
Early pregnancy signs can feel a lot like PMS. They include swollen, tender breasts, as well as abdominal and back cramping and moodiness. If you think you may be pregnant and exhibit these symptoms along with a missed period, it may be a good idea to test for pregnancy. Early detection of a pregnancy can help keep you informed and avoid diet and lifestyle choices that are harmful to your child. Early recognition of a pregnancy is the best way to ensure a healthy pregnancy journey.
Have you tried an at-home, DIY pregnancy test? Which one? Did you feel your results were accurate? Let us know in the comments below!