Today, you’re going on a journey throughout history. The history of pregnancy tests through the ages. Before women peed on a stick to learn their fates, pregnant women urinated on a variety of other things that are quite humorous – including peeing on wheat and barley seeds.
The history of the pregnancy test is quite interesting and it’s colored in old wives’ tale (not just fun old wives tales for gender prediction), superstition, myths, and pseudo-science. For as long as women have been giving birth, there have been pregnancy testing.
Ancient Egypt: Urinating on a Seed of Barley
Around 1350 BCE, an ancient Egyptian document recorded an early method of pregnancy test. To figure out if they were pregnant or not, a potential mom-to-be would urinate on wheat or barley seeds over the course of a few days. If neither wheat nor barley grew, she wasn’t pregnant. If the barley grew, this meant she was carrying a male baby. If wheat sprouted from the seeds, this was a sign that it was a female child. [Read more…] about Pregnancy Testing: A History Through the Ages