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Mommy MacGyver: At-Home DIY Pregnancy Tests

by | January 8, 2019

The three times that I’ve been pregnant, I knew way before I was able to test. Once I was at that sweet spot four days before my period was due, I’d pee on a drugstore test and that second line would jump off the stick instantly. It never even dawned on me, at the time, to try any of the DIY pregnancy tests. I didn’t even know they existed.

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DIY Pregnancy Tests

While it is recommended that you visit your healthcare provider if you think you might be expecting, there a few DIY pregnancy tests you can take, even if it’s just for a bit of fun.

Bleach Pregnancy Test

Just pour some bleach into a container and add a sample of your urine. I wouldn’t recommend peeing straight into the cup of bleach, because, ouch. Watch for a chemical reaction in the mixture. If it foams and fizzes, there is a chance that you could be pregnant.
There doesn’t seem to be many instructions available for this DIY test so maybe try a 50/50 ratio. It’s also advisable to do this test outside to avoid noxious odors from the chemical reaction.

Sugar Pregnancy Test

Put a few scoops of sugar into a bowl and add urine to it, or pee directly onto the sugar. If the sugar form clumps, it is a sign that you are pregnant. If the sugar dissolves into the liquid when the urine is added, you are probably not pregnant.

Toothpaste Pregnancy Test

Squeeze some plain white toothpaste into a container and add urine. If the toothpaste turns blue or froths and foams, you could be pregnant. Again there are no guidelines as to how much toothpaste to use or how long to wait for a chemical reaction.

Dandelion Pregnancy Test

Place dandelion leaves in a plastic container and soak them thoroughly with urine. Let it sit for ten minutes before checking for reddish blisters on the leaves. Apparently, these blisters are a clear indication of pregnancy.

Pine-Sol Pregnancy Test

Pour some Pine-Sol solution into a container and add urine. If you see a change in color of the solution, this indicates pregnancy.

Vinegar Pregnancy Test

Pour about a cup or so of white vinegar into a container and then add urine. Again, you’re looking for a color change here that would indicate pregnancy.

All DIY pregnancy tests are best done first thing in the morning when the urine is more concentrated.
Use clean, clear plastic containers. Metal may cause an interaction with the chemicals.
Wear protective/rubber gloves and make sure you cover your mouth and nose.

These DIY pregnancy tests are just for a bit of fun. If you think you could be pregnant or are trying to conceive, please speak with your healthcare provider.


Julie Nealon

Associate Editor, New York USA | Contactable via [email protected]



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