Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019

This is the way of ancient Egypt society to know that if someone pregnant and the gender of their baby


IllustrationIllustration - About 3,500 years ago when medical science was not so advanced like today, how could a married couple in Egypt be able to find out about their pregnancy and their baby gender? According to modern researchers the answer is with the concoction of wheat.

This was revealed when a group of international researchers studied papyrus paper containing the prescriptions of ancient medicine. Written in hieroglyphics the recipe instructs a woman to urinate into a bag of barley and emmer wheat.

"If it grows, they will give birth. If the barley grows, the child is a boy. If the emmer grows, the child is a girl. If none grow, then she is not pregnant" wrote the recipe as quoted by CNN on Tuesday, September 4th 2018.

Sofie Schiødt as one of the researchers who translated the medicine prescriptions said that this pregnancy test method with wheat was also mentioned in other ancient civilizations. Possibly the same source is a medical record owned by Egyptians.

Is the test accurate? According to a study published in the journal Medical History 1963 wheat tests can predict about 70 percent of pregnancies. Meanwhile, to guess the gender of a child cannot be expected at all. The possibility of hormones in the urine of pregnant women can indeed help the growth of wheat so that the test has considerable accuracy.


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