You are seeing the early signs of pregnancy, but you still want to make sure that you are really on your way to having a first, even a third or a fourth child. But you are stuck at home with a lot of chores to do, including kids to take care of. You just can’t seem to find the right time to go out to buy a pregnancy test.
Is there an alternative to the best pregnancy test? Yes, there are. You don’t even need to leave the house to get what you need to do each of these tests. These are simple tests that only require basic things that you can just find in your kitchen.
Many have turned to homemade pregnancy tests even before over-the-counter tests were available. They are quick and easy to do and can reliably confirm your pregnancy. These DIY methods are a great option if don’t have the money or if you want to keep your pregnancy a secret.
Uncertain about the accuracy of the tests?
Although homemade pregnancy tests are just about as reliable as over-the-counter tests, none of these tests are 100% accurate. You will always have to go to an OB/GYN to be sure if you are pregnant. You will then be directed to have a blood test to be certain.
Homemade tests are also a bit more difficult to read, but just like OTC tests, you can also have false-negative and false-positive results with these options.
A false-negative is a result that negates your actual condition. This can happen if you took the test quite early, you checked the results quite soon, results are misinterpreted, or your urine was too dilute.
A false-positive also negates your actual condition. It may indicate that you are pregnant when in fact you are not. This rarely happens and when it happens, it can be caused by a misinterpretation of the results, or you might have taken the test too soon after taking a fertility drug with hCG, or you might have had a pregnancy loss soon after the fertilized egg attached to the uterine wall.
If you are unsure with the result of one homemade pregnancy test, you can always do another test using a different method. You can just wait for a few days or weeks before taking the test again . But you will need to consult with a certified practitioner to verify your pregnancy status and start prenatal care.
How Do Homemade Pregnancy Tests Work?
Homemade pregnancy tests work just as over the counter pregnancy tests. They detect the presence of the pregnancy hormone known as hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). If you are indeed pregnant, you will observe a chemical reaction between the hCG in your urine and the substance that you mixed with your urine.
Your cells will produce the hCG hormone only when they start creating the placenta. This hormone increases quicky during early pregnancy and enters your bloodstream and urine, hence can be detected using the pregnancy test options.
When is the best time to take the test?
For an accurate result, it is best to wait a week after your missed period. It is also best to take your test with your first morning urine, as it is the time of the day when your urine will have a higher concentration of the hCG hormone. Note, however, that there are women who may experience bleeding, which could be mistaken for a period.
If you can’t wait for your missed period, you can take the test as early as two weeks after an unprotected intercourse. If you see a negative result, just wait for five days to do another test.
It will also be the right time to take a pregnancy test if you are experiencing these early signs of the condition:
- Swollen or tender breasts
- Frequent urination
- Food cravings or aversions
- Abdominal bloating
- Mild cramping
- Mood swings
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Spotting or light bleeding
DIY Pregnancy Tests
Here are some of the homemade pregnancy tests that you can choose to do to check if you are indeed pregnant.
Sugar Pregnancy Test
You will need: three tsp. of white granulated sugar, bowl, morning urine.
How to do the test: Place the sugar in a clean bowl, then add your first morning in it (you may urinate directly in the bowl). Wait for up to 10 minutes to see any reaction.
Positive Result: sugar clumps together
Negative Result: sugar dissolves
Urine In A Jar Pregnancy Test
You will need: a clear jar (or cup) and your morning urine.
How to do the test: Collect your first morning urine in a clean jar. Let it sit for 24 hours.
Positive Result: A thin white layer forms at the top of the urine.
Negative Result: No changes in the urine.
Toothpaste Pregnancy Test
You will need: 2 tbsp of white toothpaste, plastic cup (or any clean container), morning urine
How to do the test: Place white toothpaste in the cup. Add your urine. Wait 5-10 minutes for any reaction.
Positive Result: The toothpaste starts to turn blue and/or starts to foam or becomes frothy.
Negative Result: No reaction.
White Vinegar Pregnancy Test.
You will need: ½ cup of distilled white vinegar, clean bowl, morning urine
How to do the test: Add ½ cup of distilled white vinegar in a clean bowl. Add your urine (you may directly urinate into the bowl). Wait 3-5 minutes for the reaction.
Positive result: There will be a change in the color of the mixture.
Negative result: No change in color observed.
What should you do if you found out that you are pregnant?
You will need to be certain when the first day of your period was as this will help you and the health practitioner calculate your due date. Then, you would need to set an appointment with your OB/GYN to confirm your pregnancy and/or for your first prenatal check up. Make sure that you follow your primary caregiver’s instructions to ensure a healthy pregnancy.
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