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Who Developed the First Pregnancy Test?

Have you ever wondered how early civilizations determined their pregnancy status without using a modern-day pregnancy kit? According to an ancient Egyptian manuscript translated by experts at the University of Copenhagen reveals an outdated method of determining the sex of a baby and a woman’s pregnancy through the sprouting of grains.  Egyptian papyrus manuscripts dated …

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The oldest method for pregnancy detection dated back 3500 years ago. Woman peed on barley and wheat seeds. If the seeds grew, she was pregnant. If the barley seed grew first it was a boy, otherwise a girl. If nothing grew she wasn’t pregnant. The method turns out it’s accurate 70% of the time!

Egyptian Papyrus Reveals This Old Wives’ Tale Is Very Old Indeed Throughout history, cultures around the world have come up with lots of folk prognostications for predicting the sex assigned at birth. If the mother craves sweets, it’s a girl; if she eats a lot of garlic, it’s also a girl. Have a healthy glow? …

The oldest method for pregnancy detection dated back 3500 years ago. Woman peed on barley and wheat seeds. If the seeds grew, she was pregnant. If the barley seed grew first it was a boy, otherwise a girl. If nothing grew she wasn’t pregnant. The method turns out it’s accurate 70% of the time! Read More »

It was widely assumed that infants felt no pain and they routinely underwent major surgeries without anesthesia up until infant pain was formally recognized in 1987.

Discovering Pain in Newborn Infants Randomised Trial of Fentanyl Anesthesia in Preterm Babies Undergoing Surgery: Effects on the Stress Response. By Anand KJ, Sippell WG, and Aynsley-Green A. Lancet 1987; 1:243–8. Reprinted with permission. In a randomised controlled trial, preterm babies undergoing ligation of a patent ductus arteriosus were given nitrous oxide and d-tubocurarine, with …

It was widely assumed that infants felt no pain and they routinely underwent major surgeries without anesthesia up until infant pain was formally recognized in 1987. Read More »

Until the mid-1960s in Britain, pregnancy tests were done by sending a woman’s urine to a lab, where it would be injected into a toad. The toad was checked two hours later and if it had laid eggs, the woman was pregnant.

Contraception: From fish bladders to home-delivered morning after pills The morning after pill has never been more accessible. Women in the UK are now able to order emergency contraception online for home delivery. It marks a milestone – less than two decades ago, it was not possible to buy it in pharmacies. Medicine historian Dr …

Until the mid-1960s in Britain, pregnancy tests were done by sending a woman’s urine to a lab, where it would be injected into a toad. The toad was checked two hours later and if it had laid eggs, the woman was pregnant. Read More »

Unborn Babies in the Womb can Taste Flavours such as Garlic, Carrots, or Vanilla in their Amniotic Fluid, which Can Affect What They Will Enjoy Eating.

That fluid surrounding the baby is actually flavored by the foods and beverages the mother has eaten in the last few hours. “Things like vanilla, carrot, garlic, anise, mint — these are some of the flavors that have been shown to be transmitted to amniotic fluid or mother’s milk,” says Julie Mennella, who studies taste …

Unborn Babies in the Womb can Taste Flavours such as Garlic, Carrots, or Vanilla in their Amniotic Fluid, which Can Affect What They Will Enjoy Eating. Read More »