It’s not every day one gets to hear of a woman with two wombs. It’s even more incredulous to hear that this woman went on to deliver twins.
Briefly.co.za came across the story of Jennifer Ashwood who had no idea she had two wombs until she discovered she was pregnant with twins - with one in each.
According to mirror.co.uk, Jennifer gave birth to her one-in-500million twins Poppy and Piran House by C-section just months after discovering she had a rare 'heart shaped' uterus.
The 31-year-old said her body has surprised her as there was no indication she had two wombs when she gave birth to her first child Millie who is now eight.
Doctors told her it was so rare to carry a baby in each one, they didn't quite know what was going to happen until they opened her up. They then told Jennifer and partner Andrew House the chances of having twins in this way was one-in-500 million.
Recounting how she felt when she heard the news, Jennifer said: “To have the two uterus' is rare in itself, but to have an egg in both, then those to be fertilised, and then for both eggs to be in the right part, it's a bit of a miracle.
It is ridiculously rare. The odds were stacked against us but it all worked out. You think that you know your body well, but it turns out you might not. I'm 31. I've had a baby before and it was really straight forward. But my body has surprised me this time.
It's two separate uterine cavities joined by one cervix. Everything else is the same, with two fallopian tubes, one each side, each with an ovary. It's caused by a mid-line abnormality from when I was in the womb.”
Jennifer and Andrew, a firefighter, found out they were expecting twins in December 2017, and he proposed on New Years' Eve. In January 2018 they found out she had a uterine abnormality, and doctors revealed in February she had a complete bicornuate uterus with a baby in each side.
A bicornuate womb is heart-shaped and women have no extra difficulties with conception, but there is a slightly higher risk of miscarriage and preterm birth. In most cases women with the condition will only carry one baby in one uterus.
Jennifer went into early labour at 28 weeks, but her contractions were stopped with medicine, and she had a C-section on May 6, 2018. Piran was born first at 5lb 10oz, with Poppy born minutes later weighing 5lb 3oz.
Doctors even took a photo of Jennifer's uterus' during surgery at her request, so she could see what it looked like. It clearly shows the two uterus' with one measuring much smaller than the other.
Jennifer continued: “They had their own uterus, their own amniotic sacks, and their own placentas. They said it was realistically like having two single pregnancies at the same time.”
The family are now all home in Camborne, Cornwall, UK and getting to grips with their two new members.
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