Did you miss your periods? If the answer is a resounding YES then there are chances that you are pregnant!
Hold that thought! We are not here to plant the ‘pregnancy’ fear in your mind. We are here for a different purpose! Let us first understand the basic fact that missing your periods is not the sure-shot way of knowing that you are pregnant!
Late periods or missed periods could also be due to the following reasons –
- You forgot taking your birth control pills and ended up missing more than 2 or 3 pills.
- When you take an emergency contraceptive pill, it could affect your period date.
- When you stop taking birth control pills, it could lead to delayed periods.
- It could be due to weight gain or an eating disorder.
- When you exercise a lot, it could lead to missed or delayed periods.
There are other reasons for delayed periods which you need to check with your doctor! A woman’s body is complicated and it is best to check with a doctor. When you know that you have not had sexual intercourse in a long time, there is no need to check whether you are pregnant or not!
However, if you know that you did not take protection during a happy night of fun, laughter and great sex, you must take a pregnancy test to be sure about the news!
Why are you so worried? Before skimming through the article, you must check whether you are experiencing the following pregnancy signs –
- Swollen breasts
- Feeling too tired suddenly
- Missed periods
- Food cravings
- Extreme mood swings
- Shortness of breath
If you are experiencing more than two symptoms then you must conduct a pregnancy test! It is a red warning that something is not right. Nausea could be for a multiple reasons but you must check whether you are experiencing just one symptom or more than two symptoms.
Majority of the women are conscious about going to the chemist and buying pregnancy strips. These include teenage girls, who experience unwanted pregnancy. They get conscious about going to the doctor or buying a strip from the chemist.
The pregnancy strips are available in the market and it does not cost a fortune!
How does a normal pregnancy strip work?
It works best when you are on an empty stomach. When you go to the washroom to urinate first thing in the morning, you must take the pregnancy test. The kit includes a dropper in which you need few drops of your urine.
You need 2 drops in the tester to check whether you are pregnant or not. If there are two lines formed, it means you are pregnant.
In order to collect the urine, you must wash your hands, sit on the toilet seat and hold the container under you. A small amount is needed for the pregnancy test. You can use latex gloves in order to be away from the mess.
There is a complete set of instructions that you would get with the package. According to tests, these strips are 99% accurate. However, there is no certainty that you are pregnant.
You may need to buy at least 3-4 strips to be sure that the results are positive.
Are there any homemade ways to test pregnancy at home?
Hundreds of years ago there was no such thing as pregnancy test kits! What did people do? In today’s world, overpopulation has become a problem because people are not aware!
People are conscious of visiting chemists to ask for a test strip! The good news is that you can do a pregnancy test at home!
The most popular method of checking pregnancy at home is by using baking soda, sugar or dandelion. Even soap water test is done to check whether you are pregnant or not.
Most of the women wish to know about the accuracy of baking soda pregnancy test! Yes, you heard it right! There is a thing called baking soda pregnancy test.
There is a lot of misleading information available on the internet and we are here to clear your doubts!
Is the baking soda pregnancy test accurate?
The baking soda pregnancy test is a popular method in Asian countries. People in India usually opt for this method and they say that it is accurate. Just so you know, the baking soda pregnancy test is 70% accurate.
When you are doing this test, you will get a feeling like you are a scientist in a lab. Well, there is some science behind this test! Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate reacts with most of the acids. When it does, it starts to fizz.
It is a homemade pregnancy test which can help you to know what’s happening inside your body.
Did you know that you can detect whether it is a boy or a girl through a pregnancy test? It can be done via a baking soda pregnancy test!
How to do the baking soda pregnancy test at home?
You have searched the entire World Wide Web and you are probably not getting the ideal way to check pregnancy via the baking soda test! Here’s what you need to do –
Take a cup or a container and add 2 tbsp of baking soda in it.
Add 1 tbsp of your urine.
Make sure that your hands are clean before you collect the urine. The container should be clean in which you are collecting the urine. You just need a tbsp of urine to check whether you are pregnant or not.
If the baking soda starts fizzling, it means that you are pregnant. However, if the soda does not react with the urine then you have nothing to worry about. Just know that this test is 70% accurate which means you would need another method to check whether you are pregnant or not.
Note – For best results, you must add the first urine in the morning. It is free from all the sugars and other ingredients that you would be consuming the rest of the day! Also, the first urine of the days contains high level of HCG.
Now this would help you to do the pregnancy test efficiently.
You must avoid doing this test middle of the night. The middle of the night urine contains low level of HCG! You need to remember this little detail.
How to know that you are having a boy or a girl?
With due respect, we do believe that you must not check the gender of your baby! We respect girls and they are so precious! Also, gender determination is banned in most countries because it is an offense!
There are times that we are keen to know about the gender of the baby! In fact, we are happy to have a baby girl or baby boy. We understand your excitement and that’s why we will share the method of checking whether it is a boy or a girl!
You can do a gender test with the help of baking soda. How? The gender/sex test may vary depending on the pH level of your urine, what you have eaten or drank that day, and the day on which you take the test.
Take a container or a cup and collect urine in it. For best results, you must collect the first urine of the morning.
Now you would need to pour 2 tbsp of the baking soda in another cup.
Next step is to place the baking soda cup on a countertop which is flat. Keep it in a well-lit room.
Pour the urine from another cup into the baking soda cup. It should cover the baking soda. What do you see? If it is fizzing, it means you would need to paint the baby’s room blue and if there is no reaction, it will be a girl. Is it accurate? May be! According to sources, it does work but you have to wait and watch!
How does it matter? You are going to have a baby and that is a million dollar feeling! You should celebrate no matter what!
Are homemade pregnancy tests 100% accurate?
As we mentioned earlier, the baking soda pregnancy test is not 100% accurate. It is 70% accurate. Please note that even the strips that you find in the market, they are not 100% accurate. You would need to test it at least 4-5 times to be sure!
These pregnancy tests can be used as mere indicators. Once you see positive results in the homemade pregnancy test, you must visit your doctor to be sure that you are pregnant.
The baking soda test has worked for many women. However, there are some women, who got inaccurate results. Nonetheless, you would have a lot of fun while conducting the gender test!
What are the other homemade pregnancy tests?
There are a number of homemade pregnancy tests that you can try! Some of them are mentioned below –
- Toothpaste pregnancy test – If the test is positive then the toothpaste will go blue or will start foaming!
- Soap pregnancy test – The soap will start frothing or foaming when the result is positive.
- Sugar test – The sugar will clump up when you are pregnant.
- Baking soda test – The solution will start foaming, fizzing or turn into blue.
- Bleach Pregnancy Test – The solution will start fizzing.
How to get the best results out of a pregnancy test?
As we mentioned earlier, you must check pregnancy early in the morning because the HCG level is high! Here are some ways to get the best result out of the pregnancy test.
- You must drink lots of water before conducting the test. Just before you sleep, you can drink plenty of water which would help you to urinate first thing in the morning. Keep your pregnancy test ready by then! When there is high amount of liquid in your body, you would get better results in the morning.
- You must wait for at least 10 minutes to get the results. Women can get impatient to check the results. Patience, my love! You need to wait at least 10 minutes! It may even take 30 minutes but you would get the results!
- If you want a surer result, you can do the same pregnancy test or try some other technique to be sure.
- Please collect the first-morning urine for best results! When you collect the urine at night, the HCG levels are low. High level of HCG is present when you are pregnant. If you want the best result, wait for the morning urinating session and then do the pregnancy test.
Words from the Wise
Does the baking soda pregnancy test really work? It has worked for multiple women and you can try it too! There is no harm in trying this test because it is low-cost and you can do it at home. For surer results, you must check with your doctor. HCG is a type of hormone which is created when you are pregnant. Why do we recommend you to take the test first thing in the morning? It is because your pee has high level of HCG in the wee hours of the morning. Do not commit the mistake of doing it at night!
This post is not a final verdict! You must always consult with your doctor for expert opinion!
Whatever the result is, we would like to congratulate you! Having a baby will change your life for good. It can mend relationships and bring immense joy in a person’s life!
If you are ready for the responsibility then you must embrace a baby with open arms! It will bring out the loving side of you! So, get a container and collect your urine in it. The above-mentioned baking soda test is easy to do and you can at least get a hint whether you are pregnant or not!
All the best!