Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

How in the old days did women manage if they didn’t have any pregnancy tests or even ordinary calendars? You will learn about it from our article, and the most inquisitive can check the veracity of these methods and compare them with modern ones.

We know that childbirth was as natural as possible and a woman did not need to choose a maternity hospital, women gave birth at home, and even in the fields. But yousomedaywondered how women predicted in the past when the stork would finally bring them the long-awaited baby? Hardly.

But the question is very interesting, because there had to be a way (albeit inaccurate) to calculate the number of months of pregnancy in ancient times. To do this, we looked at the most curious signs of the people to determine the date of birth.

Naturally, in many civilizations, a woman did not know about her position until the stomach was clearly beginning to show through.

 

Primitive pregnancy tests

There are some very vivid examples from the past, how a woman determined what she wears under the heart of a child. In 1350BC erThe Egyptians checked whether a woman was pregnant by asking her to urinate on wheat or barley seeds for several days. If the seeds germinated - the woman was considered pregnant.


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Egyptian civilization was distinguished by the fact that it was one of the first in which they learned how to determine the sex of a child before birth. And this method again used the seeds of wheat and barley. If wheat germinated - there will be a girl, if barley is a boy. Only thousands of years later, scientists confirmed that the Egyptian method of determining the sex of the child works.

Now let's find out how our ancestors calculated the date of birth. People have reached our days who can help determine the sex of the future child.

Read also:10 will take how to determine the sex of the child

 

Date of Lunar Birth


In the Middle Ages, it was believed that a woman is pregnant if she is sexually active, but there is no regular menstruation. People thought that a child appears after10thmissed monthly bleeding.


Moon
Another way - determining the date of birth on the lunar calendar.Since there were no calendars before, people used the phases of the moon as landmarks. Our ancestors have learned to predict the seasons of sowing and to plan religious holidays on the moon.

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And by the same principle it was believed that after10thtimes when the same moon appears in the sky, a woman should give birth to a child. Pregnancy was called the period of 10 moons. This method of calculating the date of birth is fairly accurate.

  • On average, a woman’s cycle is 28 days.
  • The moon also completes its phase cycle in 28 days.
  • Often, the monthly woman coincides with the full moon.
  • The average duration of pregnancy is 280 days, during which the moon has time to change 10 cycles.
  • That is exactly 40 weeks.

And although this is not entirely accurate, women who lived in countries with all four seasons also used weather factors to make calculations. For example, if a woman thought that conception happened in winter, she expected a baby to appear by the fall.

 

Rule Negele


Much later, around the beginning1800s, German obstetrician Franz Negel invented the rule, which was later called the rule of Negel. It became the standard for calculating the date of delivery, using one simple formula.


Obstetrician Franz Negel
 

The formula determines the estimated date of delivery from the first day of the woman’s last menstrual cycle (last menstruation), adding 1 year, subtracting three months, and again adding 7 days. The result will be about 40 weeks or 280 days, which confirms the idea of ​​the old days about the “ten moons”.

Of course, there are certain factors that can affect the delivery of the stork.


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    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors

    Calculation of the date of birth: how did our ancestors