8 old methods to check pregnancy

Explore old and historical pregnancy detection methods beyond just waiting for vomiting, missed periods, and having a baby. 8 old methods to check pregnancy.

10 old methods to check pregnancy,

1: The Wheat and Barley Test:

The Wheat and Barley Test, dating back to Ancient Egypt around 1350 BCE, stands as one of the oldest pregnancy detection methods. In this intriguing method, women would urinate on wheat and barley seeds over several days. The outcome was then interpreted based on the seeds’ germination.

If the wheat seeds sprouted, it was believed that the woman was pregnant with a girl. Conversely, if the barley seeds sprouted, it was thought to indicate a boy on the way. This ancient practice may seem curious by today’s standards, but it reflects the ingenuity of people in their quest to discern the mysteries of pregnancy in the distant past. While modern pregnancy tests have advanced significantly, the Wheat and Barley Test provides a fascinating glimpse into the historical methods used to determine a pregnancy’s outcome.

2: The Onion Test:

In the Ancient Greek, Hippocrates declared that it was possible to determine a pregnancy by inserting an onion into woman’s vagina. If her breath smelled like onion the following day, she was still not pregnant because her womb is open. If the person were pregnant, then the womb would be closed.

3: The Latch Test:

Women were asked to pee in a basin and then put a latch or a key in it, leave this latch in the basin with the urine for three to four hours.
Then throw the urine away and remove the latch. If you see the impression of the latch on the basin, the woman is pregnant. If not, she is not pregnant.

4: Urine Color:

European men of the 16th century stated they could identify if a woman was pregnant by analyzing the colour of her urine.
Wine and alcohol were mixed with the urine to see the results. This was because alcohol reacts to some proteins of the urine from pregnant women.

5: Changes in the Eyes:

In the 16th century the doctor Jacques Guillemeau affirmed that he could guess by looking a woman directly in her eyes if she was pregnant. A pregnant woman has small pupils, droopy eyelids, and small veins in the corner of the eye from the second month of pregnancy onwards.

6: Chadwick’s Sign:

When a woman is between 6 and 8 weeks pregnant, the cervix, the lips of the vagina, and the vagina itself acquire a dark bluish or purple-red hue because of increased blood flow.
The sign was first noticed by the American doctor Lee Chadwick, in 1836.

7: The Rabbit Test:

In the 1920s, German scientists injected small amounts of urine into immature rabbits, rats, and mice, two times per day on three successive days. After 100 hours, rats were slaughtered and its ovaries examined. If their ovaries were enlarged, there was an 80% chance that the woman was pregnant.

8: The Frog Test:

It was used until the 60s, when immunological methods appeared. The urine of a patient was injected into a frog. A pregnant woman produces the HCG hormone, which would trigger amphibian ovulation. If the frog spawned after 24 hours, the test was positive.

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