Conventional pregnancy tests are readily available and reasonably affordable, yet some women are reportedly turning to an even more conventional product to check whether they’re expecting.
According to countless online tutorials and blog posts, the bizarre testing technique is simple: squeeze a dollop of toothpaste into a jar, add equal amount of your morning wee and stir.
If said toothpaste changes colour or foams… Congratulations, you might be pregnant!
But probably not.
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Because according to people with actual scientific/medical training, these bloggers and YouTubers are just taking the piss.
Speaking to What to Expect, Elisabeth Ratcliffe of the US Royal Society of Chemistry conceded that the amino acids that make up the pregnancy hormone HCg could plausibly create foam when in contact with the calcium carbonate in toothpaste.