The Pregnancy Test of Ancient Times

Today, a woman can find out if she’s pregnant with one quick trip to the drug store. Oddly enough, in ancient times, the method was just about as easy. In fact, not only could women determine if they were pregnant, they also had a way of finding out the gender of the baby. To find out if she was pregnant, a woman would urinate into a bag of wheat and a bag of barley. The bag that sprouted first would reveal the pregnancy — barley for boys and wheat for girls. If neither bag sprouted, the woman was not pregnant. Is there any science behind the ancient test? Researchers actually tried the method, and while 70% of the cases revealed whether the woman was pregnant, none accurately predicted the gender of the child.