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13 July 2020

One in 50 million: Woman with two wombs pregnant with baby in each

A UK woman with two wombs discovered she's pregnant with twins - a super rare medical occurrence.

  • A British woman with two uteri is pregnant with twins - one baby in each womb.
  • Doctors say this happening is one in 50 million.
  • The condition is called uterus didelphys and develops before birth in girls.

In a rare twist of genetics, one woman might have to go into labour twice because of her two wombs - each with its own baby!

The British mother has an incredibly rare condition known as uterus didelphys - where one develops two wombs instead of one.

According to Healthline, this happens when a girl develops in her mother's womb, starting off with two Mullerian tubes that in most cases merge to become one womb. 

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But like in the case of this mother, they remained separate and developed into two distinct wombs. One in 3 000 women have this condition.

Giving birth twice

The Sun reports that the 28-year-old Kelly Fairhurst, who already has two daughters, discovered at her 12-week check-up that not only is she expecting twins, but that they both developed in separate wombs.

There's also a chance that they might be identical. 

This means that she might have to give birth twice, however her doctors are hoping that they can do a cesarean instead to prevent this. The babies might also be born prematurely, which is a high-risk for women with two uteri. 

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While the chances of this twin pregnancy happening are one in 50 million, it has indeed happened before.

Last year, a Bangladeshi woman with uterus didelphys gave birth to her first child, only to give birth to twins 26 days later, reported CNN.

 
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