WOMEN'S HEALTH

7 Natural Do-It-Yourself Pregnancy Tests You Can Try at Home

Test pregnancy with a simple salt or sugar test

Confirm pregnancy at home using white vinegar

Check pregnancy with a simple toothpaste test

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Bajaj Finserv Health
September 21st, 2021
5 mins read

Nausea, fatigue, or a sudden spurt in cravings for a particular food are all hints of pregnancy. While these signs may not necessarily mean you are pregnant, missing your periods is another indicator. The other way to conclusively check this is to take a pregnancy test. There are many test kits available in the market that may help you confirm this apart from visiting a doctor.

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A pregnancy test works on the principle of detecting the hCG hormone in your urine [1]. When the embryo gets attached to the uterus, a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (hCG) is produced, which enters your blood and urine. The presence of this hormone reveals pregnancy. However, if you are unable to step out to purchase a pregnancy test kit or meet a doctor immediately, there are many natural ways to check pregnancy at home. Learn about these easy and simple do-it-yourself pregnancy tests to test pregnancy right from the comfort of your home.

Additional read: How to Test For Pregnancy At Home and Hospital

Determine your status with a wheat and barley pregnancy test

This is one of the oldest tests to confirm pregnancy at home. Originating in ancient Egypt, this test requires you to urinate on either wheat or barley seeds. These seeds are then left as is for 2 days. The presence of sprouts on these seeds confirms a positive result. If there is no sprouting, your sample shows you are not pregnant [2]. However, keep in mind that this is not a reliable way to check your pregnancy as false positive results are possible. It is always better to reconfirm the result using a pregnancy test kit or meet a doctor for a blood test.

Do a baking soda test to check pregnancy

This is a very easy and simple method to test pregnancy. All you need to do is mix equal amounts of baking soda and urine. Observe the reaction and if you see the formation of bubbles (similar to when you open a soda bottle), this may indicate a positive result. No frothing seen is an indication that you aren’t pregnant.

Execute a sugar pregnancy test to check for presence of hCG hormone

Sugar is one of the most accessible ingredients available easily in your home. Hence, it is one of the easiest home tests to check if you are pregnant or not. For this test, mix your urine sample collected during early morning hours with sugar in a bowl. If the hCG hormone is present in your urine, sugar may not get dissolved and starts to form lumps. This confirms a positive pregnancy result. On the other hand, when the sugar is completely dissolved in urine your result is negative [3].

DIY Pregnancy tests

Use white vinegar to check if you are pregnant

To check pregnancy, white vinegar can also be used. Take a plastic container and mix your urine sample and vinegar thoroughly. Wait for some time and notice the reaction. If you see a color change in vinegar along with formation of bubbles, it indicates that you are pregnant. However, it is important to note that these natural homemade tests may not give sure-shot results. So, be careful and wait until you have results that you can rely on.

Additional read: 11 Incredible Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar Uses & Dosage

Check pregnancy using salt

Like sugar, salt is yet another easily available ingredient in your home. Take your early morning urine sample and add a pinch of salt to it. After waiting for 3 minutes, check if you can see formation of white creamy clumps in the bowl. If so, it indicates a positive result. Absence of any reaction means that you are not pregnant.

Get your pregnancy confirmed with white toothpaste

This is another interesting test to confirm pregnancy at home. However, it is important to use only a white toothpaste for this test. All you need to do is mix your urine sample with two tablespoons of white toothpaste and you are good to go! Any change in toothpaste color or a frothy reaction seen in the bowl indicates you are pregnant.

Test pregnancy at home

Use your regular shampoo to test your pregnancy

Similar to the toothpaste test, this is another convenient way to check pregnancy at home. Use any available shampoo at your home. Mix your early morning urine sample with two drops of shampoo and water. Start whisking gently and observe any reaction taking place. The presence of froth or bubbles indicates a positive pregnancy result. Absence of any change indicates a negative result.

All these natural methods can give quick insight into pregnancy. However, remember that these methods may not provide accurate results. It is always better to use a pregnancy test kit or go for a blood test to confirm your pregnancy. Meeting a doctor not only confirms your pregnancy result, but also helps you get an idea of how far along you are. To connect to eminent gynecologists from the comfort of home, book a doctor consultation on Bajaj Finserv Health. Address your symptoms and get your tests done to check if you are pregnant.

Please note that this article is solely meant for informational purposes and Bajaj Finserv Health Limited (“BFHL”) does not shoulder any responsibility of the views/advice/information expressed/given by the writer/reviewer/originator. This article should not be considered as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with your trusted physician/qualified healthcare professional to evaluate your medical condition. The above article has been reviewed by a qualified doctor and BFHL is not responsible for any damages for any information or services provided by any third party.

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