Ways to Detect if You Are Pregnant Without Plastic or Creating Waste (Or: You Have to Be Patient/Dedicated Enough Not to Buy a Home Pregnancy Test That Becomes a Plastic Bio-Hazard.)
Speaking solely from 3 pregnancies personal experience, most practitioners don't do much in the first trimester. You can alternatively have the same bloodwork done at 5 or 6 weeks as at 12 and can have an ultrasound in the same timeframe to establish a heartbeat.
We didn't find this helpful, and don't plan on doing anything other than interviewing practioners to find a good fit during the first trimester, if we have more children and no medical need arises.
I am NOT a doctor or midwife though, and this cannot be taken as medical advice, as I have no background or training to back me up other than statistically insignificant personal experiences. This is solely opinion based.
Here are the methods/tests to find out if you're pregnant that are scientifically based, non-toxic, all-natural, plastic-free, and zero-waste:
- Fertility awareness: If a woman has been charting using Fertility Awareness methods, she will know when she ovulated. If it has been 18 days since ovulation with no period, then she is pregnant. - See "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" by Toni Weschler
- is a bluish discoloration of the cervix, vagina, and labia resulting from increased blood flow. It can be observed as early as 6 to 8 weeks after conception, and its presence is an early sign of pregnancy."- Wikipedia
- Missed Periods and other symptoms. See the following article for signs of pregnancy as well as natural ways to figure out how far along a woman is: Signs, Symptoms, and Landmarks
- Bonus Due Date Calculator:Some studies show this method to being more accurate at predicting a due date, using more individual factors to determine EDD. Still an estimate though, as babies come when they will. More Accurate? Due Date Calculator (And traditional method)
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Here's to a plastic-free and zero-waste wait for results! Perfect time to work on a project for your homestead.
Little Urban Greenie