With the price of home pregnancy tests running at about $20 a pop, planning your baby can end up costing a pretty penny. Well, we love a DIY challenge, so the bebo mia girls started researching other options… heck, women had to figure out if they were pregnant before the days of digital home testing, right?!
Well, we had a huge list of pregnancy tests DIY-styles and we want to share the three easiest ones:
Just use sugar – This works best in the morning when urine is most concentrated. Put a few teaspoons of sugar in a large bowl and then urinate into the bowl of sugar (charming, we know).
- Test will be negative if sugar dissolves
- Test will be positive if sugar clumps (the pregnancy hormone HCG prevents the sugar from dissolving)
Just use bleach – Again, do this test using the first urine in the morning. Collect your urine. In another glass bowl pour a ¼ cup of bleach. Add a tablespoon of urine to the bleach bowl. The fumes from this reaction can be noticeable, so consider doing the test by an open window.
- Test will be negative if nothing occurs
- Test will be positive if the mixture starts to foam
Just use vinegar – Common theme, use your morning urine and add it to a cup of vinegar (it seems any will do). There is some room for error with this one as the amount of each liquid to add is up for debate and the degree of colour change may be minimal.
- Test will be negative if there is no colour change
- Test will be positive if there is a colour change.
If you get a ‘positive’ from any of these tests, please see your healthcare provider for confirmation. There are also some natural signs of pregnancy such as a missed period, tender and swollen breasts, heightened sense of smell, or ‘morning sickness’.
We also want to point out that prenatal care is important leading up to your birth, so we suggest that you find a doctor or midwife that you feel comfortable with. And it goes without saying, get yourself a doula! Here, we can help you.
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