Ancient Egyptian Pregnancy Test

The ancient Egyptians had a pregnancy test that most women (and men) today would consider ridiculous. To determine pregnancy, a woman was to urinate on both barley and wheat seeds.

If no plants sprouted, she wasn’t pregnant. If the barley sprouted, she was pregnant with a boy; if the wheat sprouted, she was pregnant with a girl. Researchers posit that because the grains at the time weren’t genetically modified they may have responded more strongly to pregnancy hormones and actually made an accurate pregnancy test.

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