A home based pregnancy test is the best and natural way to confirm your pregnancy in case you miss your period. However, if the period is late, it is advisable to take the test within 3-4 days (for those whose menstrual cycles are fairly regular). In case your period schedule is irregular, you can take the test on the third week after unprotected intercourse.
Nausea, higher body temperature, swollen or tender breasts and an increased need to urinate are some of the signs that also indicate pregnancy. However, these are extremely variable and not every woman who has conceived may show these symptoms. Therefore, the best way to know whether you are pregnant or not is to test the urine. Pregnancy test kits are fairly popular and are quite accurate in their own regard. But, you can even make use of a few common ingredients from your kitchen to check whether you are pregnant or not. It is, however, important to note that these tests may not be completely accurate and it is best to back these DIY tests with a store-bought pregnancy test kit or a consultation with the doctor.
One of the easiest and fairly reliable tests makes use of sugar which is readily available in the kitchen.
1 tsp sugar
Firstly, Collect the urine in the morning in a bowl (this gives a more accurate result)
Take 1 tsp sugar in another bowl, pour 1tsp urine on the sugar in the bowl
Wait for a few minutes to check the reaction. If the sugar dissolves, then the test is negative. Sugar clumping in the urine is an indication of a positive test. This is because the hCG hormone present in the urine prevents the sugar from dissolving in the liquid. Hence, giving you a pregnancy result.
A small amount of toothpaste can tell whether or not you are pregnant. The test, however, is not as effective and may sometimes show a positive result even in the absence of hCG in the urine.
Plain toothpaste (a tiny amount)
Urine (in proportion to the quantity of the toothpaste)
Add the toothpaste to the bowl and add urine to the toothpaste.
A positive pregnancy result will have the toothpaste turn blue or become frothy.
½ cup white vinegar
½ cup urine
1 small bowl
Take vinegar in a bowl and pour urine in this vinegar. (urine must be collected in the morning)
A change in colour indicates a positive test
The test is known to have an accuracy rate of 70 per cent. To be sure of the result, it is advisable to back it up with another test.
2 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp urine
Add baking soda in a clean bowl.
Pour in the urine sample over the baking soda and wait for a couple of minutes
If the baking soda fizzles, then the test is positive for pregnancy.
Though, the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (hCG) in the urine is an indicator of pregnancy. Once conception has occurred, the fertilised egg releases attach to the wall of the uterus through the placenta. The production of the hCG hormone helps with the formation of the placenta that protects and nourishes the growing foetus.