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July 22nd, 2010
12:51 PM ET

Woman with 2 uteruses carrying a baby in each

A woman who has been pregnant for more than 20 weeks is due to give birth to two babies. But they're not twins, because they’re growing inside separate uteruses and one is four days older.

Angie Cromar, a Murray, Utah, woman, was born with two uteruses, according to CNN affiliate KSL.  The condition is known as uterus didelphys.

Read and watch her video here.

CNN.com spoke with Dr. Peter Greenspan, an associate chairman in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, about the condition. He is not involved with Cromar's care.

Usually women aren’t even aware they have double uteruses, he said.

This condition occurs during fetal development, when the two small tubes that would normally fuse together to create the uterus fail to join. This creates two separate uteruses.

Greenspan said he has seen several pregnancies in women with this condition and most of them conceive in one of the organs.

“I’ve a patient who had a baby on her right uterus, then come back pregnant years later in the left side and have a baby out of that side. It’s kind of interesting,” he said.

While it's rare to conceive in both at the same time, it has happened, he said. Doctors usually don’t remove an extra uterus unless it creates complications such as repeated miscarriages.

“The issue is preterm labor, because it is a smaller cavity. It’s half the uterus,” said Greenspan. “There are premature contractions. The other issue is they have trouble and can’t remain pregnant when they get to a certain point because the uterus is too small or too tight.”

Cromar, a labor and delivery nurse told KSL that she knew that risk of miscarriage or premature birth is slightly higher in double uterine pregnancies.

"I'm a little nervous, just because I know what can happen, but I'm really excited," she said.


soundoff (220 Responses)
  1. Karen

    Wishing you a healthy pregnancy and two beauitful healthy babies.

    July 22, 2010 at 13:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • TrishGal

      Facinating story. Best of luck to her and wishing a healty pregnancy and children!

      July 22, 2010 at 15:13 | Report abuse |
  2. patrick

    not to be a sticker, but it took me all of 2 second to realize that "uteruses" is not a word... the plural of "uterus" is "uteri"

    may I suggest finding a dictionary to the "fine" author...

    July 22, 2010 at 13:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chad

      You are so smart..

      July 22, 2010 at 13:47 | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      It's "stickler," grammar police 😉

      July 22, 2010 at 14:01 | Report abuse |
    • Xenia

      I love it when the police get "policed" -

      July 22, 2010 at 14:19 | Report abuse |
    • got a dictionary

      http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uterus

      Either form is fine, according to Merriam Webster. Try being more correct than pompous next time.

      July 22, 2010 at 14:24 | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Oops...someone isn't feeling so smart now...are they?

      July 22, 2010 at 14:37 | Report abuse |
    • Gena

      I agree with Patrick. I can't stand bad grammar, especially when it comes from the World of Journalism. It takes a few seconds to run an article through a grammar/spell check. If a person who gets paid to write for a living can't be bothered to check his/her article for grammar or spelling errors, then I can't be bothered to read it.

      July 22, 2010 at 14:46 | Report abuse |
    • Moli

      patrick
      uteruses and uteriare are both correct. Shouldn't you check before making yourself look silly. BTW it's stickler

      July 22, 2010 at 15:06 | Report abuse |
    • Angie

      Except both uteruses and uteri are accepted plural forms of the word uterus.

      July 22, 2010 at 15:06 | Report abuse |
    • Moli

      lol.....maybe i should spell check myslef:)
      uteri

      July 22, 2010 at 15:06 | Report abuse |
    • Moli

      lol.....maybe i should spell check myself:)
      uteri

      July 22, 2010 at 15:07 | Report abuse |
    • Vornargith

      Uteruses is correct professor .... so is uteri.

      July 22, 2010 at 15:07 | Report abuse |
    • Veritas

      To paraphrase Shakespeare, "He who [grammar's] sword would bear should be as [correct] as severe!"

      July 22, 2010 at 15:20 | Report abuse |
    • Hobbes847

      same baby daddy then or what?

      July 22, 2010 at 15:32 | Report abuse |
    • suanita

      so are you gonna acknowledge your error, since you were so quick to point out what you thought was someone else's error?
      n. pl. u·ter·i (yōō'tə-rī') or u·ter·us·es

      A hollow muscular organ located in the pelvic cavity of female mammals in which the fertilized egg implants and develops. Also called womb .

      A corresponding part in other animals.

      [Middle English, from Latin.]

      July 22, 2010 at 15:36 | Report abuse |
    • paulbark

      patrick – You're quick to criticize but slow to respond when your error has been pointed out. C'mon. Man up to it.

      Better yet, just check your facts first, the next time around.

      July 22, 2010 at 15:42 | Report abuse |
    • dk

      Actually, both are correct. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/uterus

      July 22, 2010 at 15:48 | Report abuse |
    • Sally

      Dude, look it up... uteruses is an accepted plural for uterus.

      July 22, 2010 at 16:02 | Report abuse |
    • Keisha

      I agree!!!!

      July 22, 2010 at 16:15 | Report abuse |
    • daCRITIQUE

      eyem gud cpelar

      July 22, 2010 at 16:39 | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Hahaha! Owned!

      July 22, 2010 at 16:41 | Report abuse |
    • MAA

      You are 100% right

      July 22, 2010 at 17:20 | Report abuse |
    • MAA

      In the medical field, uteri is more scientific and more professional

      July 22, 2010 at 17:23 | Report abuse |
    • Galyn

      Maybe it's because Patrick doesn't have a uturus..............................

      July 22, 2010 at 17:26 | Report abuse |
    • holtram

      Chuckle – by the way the plural of "second" is "seconds"

      July 22, 2010 at 17:35 | Report abuse |
    • childplz

      0wned

      July 22, 2010 at 21:01 | Report abuse |
    • dd

      Well don't forget to renew your Mensa membership!

      July 22, 2010 at 21:55 | Report abuse |
    • LaComodin

      Good catch, kind of like dice and di , mouse and mice ox and oxen i have heard people say stubborn as oxes

      July 23, 2010 at 08:46 | Report abuse |
    • Phoenix

      @ Patrick the plural of uterus is uteruses or uteri

      July 29, 2010 at 10:53 | Report abuse |
    • Betsbabe

      Holy effing replies... GEES PEOPLE! You're ALL "stickers". =O

      July 29, 2010 at 21:01 | Report abuse |
  3. Jjessica

    Fire your proofreader. The plural of uterus is uteri.

    July 22, 2010 at 13:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Terri

      Actually, uteruses is also acceptable.

      July 22, 2010 at 13:41 | Report abuse |
    • web

      Actually uteruses is now considered acceptable just like nauseuos (originally ONLY meaning to cause nausea) is now acceptable to use in place of nauseated (the condition or feeling of nausea). Heh, when someone says he (she) is nauseous, I think to myself, "Yes, you are." An unfortunate side effect of live languages is that they continue to evolve.

      July 22, 2010 at 13:48 | Report abuse |
    • SP

      REFUDIATE!!!

      July 22, 2010 at 15:44 | Report abuse |
    • Sally

      Jjessica – I'm glad you're not in charge of proofreading.

      July 22, 2010 at 16:03 | Report abuse |
    • stoffernator

      haha wrong.

      July 22, 2010 at 17:37 | Report abuse |
    • swato152

      is womb or wombs?

      July 22, 2010 at 17:53 | Report abuse |
  4. jimbo

    Wishing you a healthy pregnancy and delivery. You are special.

    July 22, 2010 at 13:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Jeff

    Would have been even more interesting if the child in each uterus was concieved with a different father.

    July 22, 2010 at 13:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Adrienne

      I agree Jeff – otherwise the story's not really all that interesting...

      July 22, 2010 at 13:59 | Report abuse |
    • GDBnNH

      I thought this was a very interesting story as it taught me something about the human body which I did not know. In addition, the comments from the readers added a lot to it such as the actual definition of twins and the question about periods complemented the story. Even the debate on the plural of "uterus" was interesting.

      July 22, 2010 at 15:06 | Report abuse |
    • Rob in Texas

      Would have been real interesting if it was about NASCAR.

      July 22, 2010 at 15:09 | Report abuse |
    • bird

      Unbelievable! Small mind would come up with that. Jeez!

      July 22, 2010 at 15:12 | Report abuse |
    • oh my ears

      actually, the article never claims that they didn't come from different fathers. Although i fail to see why that would be more intersting? Grats to the women on to future children. Ignore this guys commment as he's just jealous you have a close relationship (>1 time per week)

      July 22, 2010 at 17:11 | Report abuse |
    • Tess

      why? So you could call her names like slu t and wh0re? If you want scandal pick up a tabloid paper. This is a medical story, not some sleazy Maury "who's your baby-daddy" crap.

      July 22, 2010 at 19:06 | Report abuse |
  6. Jason B.

    Best of luck to her!

    July 22, 2010 at 13:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. whateva

    Ummm does that mean she is constantly on her period? Good god, hopefully they occur at the same time of the month.

    July 22, 2010 at 13:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • m

      that's a great question

      July 22, 2010 at 14:00 | Report abuse |
    • burymylovely

      No she wouldn't have more than one period. A woman's cycle is controlled by the endocrine system, not by the uterus itself. Simply put, glands secrete hormones which tell the uterus and ovaries when to cycle. So in her case both uteri would likely have a cycle at the same time.

      So likely no to periods a month. Though the one might suck really badly.

      July 22, 2010 at 14:00 | Report abuse |
    • DrFood

      Ok. One period. Got it...

      Is the period "double strength"?

      July 22, 2010 at 14:19 | Report abuse |
    • Lasttime

      I believe the proper punctuation is called a colon :

      July 22, 2010 at 15:38 | Report abuse |
    • TRA

      Actually some women with this condition do have two periods. My mother had this and doctors discovered it because she had two regular periods, each two weeks apart.

      July 22, 2010 at 17:30 | Report abuse |
    • oh my ears

      Are the docotrs sure the two uteruses/uteri caused the second period or that they were coincidental? Women do have irregular periods with just one uterus

      July 22, 2010 at 17:40 | Report abuse |
    • Cathy

      No, I have the same condition and I only get one period a month!

      July 22, 2010 at 18:31 | Report abuse |
    • More info

      My cousin had the condiition and had to have the 2nd one removed... it was bleeding internally and causing her discomfort (every month for YEARS). That's the only reason they finally found it.

      September 14, 2010 at 20:18 | Report abuse |
  8. Angie

    I have a similar physical anomaly, a bicornuate uterus. It's good to see that this is getting press. When I was pregnant I searched frantically on statistics for miscarriage rates and pre term birth weights for people with my condition or similar. At that time very little information was available. I knew my experience was not going to be typical so I wanted to be prepared. Best of luck to her and her new family!

    July 22, 2010 at 13:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Linda

      I'm glad that you did well and are willing to share. Our friend (who is in her 70's now) told us her "hush-hush secret". She had 5 healthy children but long ago women's reproductive health was not an open topic. She felt needlessly embarrassed by a medical condition that is probably more common than we realize. I applaud you for educating others.

      July 22, 2010 at 15:14 | Report abuse |
    • Tammy

      I too had that condition, I was told my uterus was heart shaped and that the smaller "horn" made it harder to have full term babies. I had three healthy boys only 3 weeks early.

      July 22, 2010 at 17:16 | Report abuse |
    • on topic

      I have a unicornuate uterus (only one side developed). Since, I only had half of a side developed, I carried both my babies on the left side. The left side of my abdomen is now a bit mishapen from that "one sided stretching" but I was lucky not to have any signficant complications. Had to have a C-section, of course, because my first child was breech. My uterus was too small for her to turn when the time came. Both my mom and a maternal aunt have bicornuate uteri.

      July 26, 2010 at 09:40 | Report abuse |
  9. Katiedid

    Good luck! I hope you have healthy, happy, wonderful babies!

    July 22, 2010 at 13:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Corvus1

    Well, yes, they are twins. Fraternal twins.

    July 22, 2010 at 13:46 | Report abuse | Reply
    • retphxfire

      Technically, they are not even fraternal twins. They weren't conceived at the same time (four days apart) nor do they share same amniotic fluids, etc., which makes them simply siblings, not twins. Fraternal twins must be conceived in the same womb, at the same time. They will share the same space, fluids, blood supply, even some characteristics. Saying these two child are twins is the same as saying any two siblings, born years apart, are twins.

      July 22, 2010 at 14:12 | Report abuse |
    • butterfly

      I disagree. They were concieved at different times. They can't be twins, they will be brother and sister.

      July 22, 2010 at 14:16 | Report abuse |
    • noay113

      Actually, fraternal twins are *not* conceived at the exact same time. Conception can happen within minutes to may hours between. Also, fraternal twins *do not* share amniotic fluid or blood supply. Each is in it's own amnioitc sac and has it's own placenta supplying it's blood. I would consider these children fraternal twins because they were carried at the same time within the same mother. Another thought......in a case of some triplets the pregnancy began with two fertilized eggs (fraternal twins) but later (sometimes several days later) one egg splits and creates an identical twin. Would you not consider these children triplets because the third did not exist until days after the first?

      July 22, 2010 at 14:53 | Report abuse |
    • smp

      I completely agree – these are twins. Fraternal twins are sometimes conceived days apart., and they do not share a placenta or sac. If they were both in the same uterus they would be twins unquestionably? So is it the shared womb which some of you define as "twins"? In which case, do you agree that identical twin embryos could be implanted in separate women and they would not be twins?

      July 22, 2010 at 15:35 | Report abuse |
    • twinmom

      These are twins. I have 7 months old fraternal twins and they were conceived a few days apart. At the beginning of my pregnancy I had hemorraging and bleeding around the twins, and doctors followed them very carefully. They were able to tell the conception dates throughout the pregnancy with os scans and measurements and tests. My daughter was actually conceived 3 days after my son. Fraternal twins are usually di di twins, which also means two separte eggs and two separate sacks. Just an FYI

      July 22, 2010 at 16:50 | Report abuse |
    • mrsmarvel

      I'm pretty confident they will have the same birth date and the doctors will consider them to be twins.

      July 22, 2010 at 17:13 | Report abuse |
    • lubbockgal

      I agree. How do they even know that the fetuses (feti?) are four days apart? From what I know, they usually are measured via ultrasound technology and compared the size to a universal avearage, which is extremely difficult to do acccurately. Twins frequently measure apart, even if conceived at the exact same time. I gave birth to IVF twins who had the exact same time of conception (in a lab) and they always measured 1-3 weeks apart at any given time during the pregnancy and were 2 lbs apart in weight at birth. So, according to the measurements, they were conceieved at least week apart, which of course was incorrect. It is also pretty much humanly impossible given how the female hormonal balance changes after ovulation and conception to prevent further ovulation and also given the short life span of female egg cells.

      July 26, 2010 at 11:51 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      @ SMP, great argument. I was convinced this case could not be considered fraternal twins, now I totally believe that they are twins.

      August 19, 2010 at 17:47 | Report abuse |
  11. Chad

    Good luck with the pregnancy.

    July 22, 2010 at 13:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. nfl1

    Does that mean, when not pregnant, she could have two separate periods at different times of the month! Yikes!

    July 22, 2010 at 13:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Sara

    I just read the article and came across the comment section and could not help but comment about the comments made regarding the writer of this article. While it is true that the plural of uterus can be "uteri", it is also quite common and acceptable for "uteruses" to be used.

    July 22, 2010 at 13:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Cathy

    Wow pretty amazing stuff! I wish you all the best and that you have two healthy babies. Thanks for sharing your story.

    July 22, 2010 at 13:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. NamVet

    Jeff
    Would have been even more interesting if the child in each uterus was concieved with a different father.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Maybe if this were Fox News, but this is CNN.

    July 22, 2010 at 13:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. MCH2011

    This is an interesting story, but it's totally absurd to say that these aren't twins because one pregnancy is four days older than the other! Ultrasounds, even when done early in pregnancy, can be off by a few days one way or the other. It's totally possible that conception didn't occur at the same time, but there's also no way to rule that out with estimates this close.

    July 22, 2010 at 14:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • MJ

      Please look up the definition of twins.

      July 22, 2010 at 14:28 | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      They were conceived on two separate days in two separate organs. Because the sperm came from the same man doesn't make them twins.

      July 22, 2010 at 14:32 | Report abuse |
    • MCH2011

      Maybe you should look up the definition, MJ. Actually, I've done it for you:
      Twin: Either of two offspring produced at a birth

      July 22, 2010 at 15:05 | Report abuse |
    • MCH2011

      And Amy, my point was that although the pregnancies are occurring in separate organs, we cannot conclude that conception happened on different days based on an ultrasound's estimate of a 4 day difference. Ultrasound technology simply isn't accurate enough to say this definitively. If the woman has a double vagina, which is common with uterus didelphys, we would be able to say with much more certainty that conception happened on separate occasions. Either way, it's probable that these babies will be born at the same time, from the same mother, which technically makes them twins.

      July 22, 2010 at 15:12 | Report abuse |
    • Hobbes847

      *dugg for 'double vagina'

      July 22, 2010 at 15:24 | Report abuse |
    • Molly

      To Amy-There is no way to determine whether the babies were conceived on different days. They're saying that one fetus is four days "older" than the other, but in reality one is just measuring larger than the other. It doesn't necessarily mean the one was conceived four days earlier.

      July 22, 2010 at 15:27 | Report abuse |
    • smp

      Even on wikipedia it's mentioned that twins can be conceived days apart:

      Among dizygotic twins, in rare cases, the eggs are fertilized at different times with two or more acts of sexual intercourse, either within one menstrual cycle (superfecundation) or, even more rarely, later on in the pregnancy (superfetation)

      July 22, 2010 at 15:38 | Report abuse |
  17. Sheila

    Her periods would be at the same time because its controlled by hormones released by the pituitary gland. The gland controls both uteri at the same time.

    July 22, 2010 at 14:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Reilly

    I don't understand how they can say with such certainty that one fetus is "four days older" than the other. Even by measuring, there is no way to know for sure, especially when you're talking only 4 days. During my pregnancy my baby measured differently than my due date, these babies could just be growing at a different rate than the other.

    July 22, 2010 at 14:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Abigail

    That is so bizarre, but really neat! Praying for a safe pregnancy and delivery for mom and child! Actually, I guess it would be children and not child. 🙂

    July 22, 2010 at 14:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. evoc

    Aw, its all the inbreeding in there.

    July 22, 2010 at 14:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. evoc

    ...make that inbreeding there, even.

    July 22, 2010 at 14:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. bee girl

    Cool, I have a similar situation and had a child. Can't imagine what it would be like to be pregnant in both at once. Good luck

    July 22, 2010 at 14:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. DMS

    There's a "grammar and spelling police" on these forums EVERY damn time! Give it a rest already!

    July 22, 2010 at 14:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Zela

    I am hoping for a healthy pregnancy and healthy babies... but must admit this was hilarious...

    July 22, 2010 at 14:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. yikes

    If there is a God, this proves its sense of humor

    July 22, 2010 at 14:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Kneeneye

    If I had a second nipple would someone do an article on me? Go get 'em Angie. I wish you a healthy birth!

    July 22, 2010 at 14:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Fred

      You only have one nipple?

      July 22, 2010 at 14:38 | Report abuse |
    • MBlaire

      LOL. That's what I was thinking Fred!! :O) Ha!

      July 22, 2010 at 15:58 | Report abuse |
    • ii

      Does that mean you only have one nipple...that might be a pretty interesting news story.

      July 22, 2010 at 16:02 | Report abuse |
  27. lorrie

    You are a complete idiot! " hope she loses them both" what kind of a person are you ? These are babies you evil fool!

    July 22, 2010 at 14:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. kaykubby

    I found out about 8 years ago that I have this condition after miscarrying, and I seriously asked my Mom if my Dad was really my uncle... i totally felt like an inbred 🙂

    July 22, 2010 at 14:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. GDBnNH

    Unfortunately, jillybilly, life is unfair but to wish that a mother would lose her children is callous and cruel. Even if there were a reason for your response, a civil person would keep it to themselves

    July 22, 2010 at 14:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Rachel

    Alot of these comments are really rude. Seriously, inbreeding, wishing she has a miscarrage, wishing there were two fathers for entertainment value?

    I hope she has a healthy pregancy and healthy children. End.

    July 22, 2010 at 14:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Jon

    I have two colons.

    July 22, 2010 at 14:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CEY

      Speaking of grammatical errors....

      July 22, 2010 at 15:45 | Report abuse |
    • Sally

      One being your mouth

      July 22, 2010 at 16:05 | Report abuse |
    • PC

      All you closet wanna be english majors need to take the poles out of your a$$'s and get a life

      July 22, 2010 at 17:03 | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Me too! Actually, one and a half. One is a semicolon.

      July 22, 2010 at 17:08 | Report abuse |
    • oh my ears

      @jake... Funny

      July 22, 2010 at 17:49 | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Jon: is one a semi-colon?

      July 22, 2010 at 18:57 | Report abuse |
  32. thecandiedmango

    Man, I wish I could go back in time and punch your mother's uterus to prevent the tragedy of your birth. Such is life.

    July 22, 2010 at 14:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • thecandiedmango

      Aimed at jillybilly. Excuse my mistake.

      July 22, 2010 at 14:36 | Report abuse |
  33. starlight

    Wow – why so bitter and hateful jillybilly? Someone evidently needs a hug...or a smack upside the head.

    July 22, 2010 at 14:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Dave

    I would love to try to explain this to a kid. "You see son, babies actually grow and come from a woman's uterus...unless of course she has two uteruses and they both have babies inside them. In that case just put on a helmet because your head will probably explode."

    July 22, 2010 at 14:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Jill

    ***CNN***
    Please update this story once she delivers and let us know how it turns out.

    July 22, 2010 at 14:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. tmc

    I've seen this before, it's a genetic variant with the uteri. Some women also have two vaginas. Now thats the subject for a movie. Wait, there was one – Dead Ringers by Cronenberg. The main character had a Uterus didelphys.(Wikipedia it) Each brother had his own vagina on one woman. Ah woman.

    July 22, 2010 at 14:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Craig

    1 article. 2 gross.

    July 22, 2010 at 14:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Allie

      Yet...you read allll the way through didn't you? 😉

      July 23, 2010 at 09:18 | Report abuse |
  38. Liza

    @ Patrick....It should have taken you 2 more to realize you were wrong. Nobody likes a dumb smarty pants.

    July 22, 2010 at 14:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. SCallan

    I am curious if she has two.........forget it.

    July 22, 2010 at 14:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. doubleuterus

    To the poster regarding periods: I have a similar condition and am currently pregnant in only one side. I've had bleeding from the non-pregnant uterus about every 30 days, though. While I'm not ovulating the lining of my other uterus has figured out it isn't pregnant and IS shedding like normal. It's a very interesting condition 🙂

    July 22, 2010 at 14:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Amy

      My mother was what the doctors referred to as a "mirror image twin". Her twin was stillborn, but was conjoined to my mother at the hips. She was not told any of this until she reached her 20s and started having kids. As she had double urterus. She also had her period while she was carrying my brother and I.

      July 22, 2010 at 16:36 | Report abuse |
  41. Gena

    LOL Ok, Senator Kelly! =)

    July 22, 2010 at 14:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. doubleuterus

    P.S. yes, some of us have two cervixes and a split (or double) vagina as well. Really, it's only interesting in that it increases risk for miscarriage in some and pre-term labor in all. Not interesting for guys at all. Just ask my husband 🙂

    July 22, 2010 at 14:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • tmc

      It's usually a small septum that divides the vagina. You can have it removed if it causes dyspareunia.

      July 22, 2010 at 14:56 | Report abuse |
  43. wowed

    Wow, what people say on this thing. Can't belive they are more worried about correct spelling or that it would be more interesting if she slept around, blah blah blah... Having my self gone through two tough pregnancies, I wish this women a healthy delivery! Couldn't imagine having to go through this. It's amazing how the body works but can be frightening at the same time. You are in my prayers!

    July 22, 2010 at 14:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. J

    thank God Octo-mom didn't have more than one Uterus.

    July 22, 2010 at 15:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. dd

    I wish the 5 of them the best.

    July 22, 2010 at 15:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. dingleberrybuttkiss

    My aunt Kala has 3 clitoris' (clitori?) and a prosthetic head.

    July 22, 2010 at 15:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • fancy

      WTF?

      July 22, 2010 at 16:05 | Report abuse |
    • Larvadog

      That's an interesting condition, dingleberry. I am half of a siamese twin, or "conjugal". I was born on a Tuesday and my twin was born the following Monday. We share a belly button.

      July 22, 2010 at 16:07 | Report abuse |
  47. tracey

    anyone want to wager give it 7 days they will say its out right lie they just did it for 15 min of fame??? slow news day where is the ultrasound pictures to back it up

    July 22, 2010 at 15:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • doubleuterus

      There have actually been other documented cases of this. There have been about 10 in the last 50 years or so. it's the same idea as someone with a single uterus. If you ovulate from EACH ovary in a month (which happens a lot more often than a uterus didelphys) then both eggs CAN become fraternal twins. (and for those who say they won't be twins, fraternal twins come from two seperate eggs, so it's based by CYCLE not when they were actually fertalized...)

      July 22, 2010 at 20:36 | Report abuse |
  48. Aubrie

    Okay.... So does she have 2 ovaries or 4? The person who said she had two uteri and still had a period from one while she was pregnant in the other... Wouldn't the hormones from the pregnancy prevent the period from the other uterus? I'm so confused.... Does this mean there are two cervix as well? There would almost have to be. A diagram would be helpful in this instance. I can't wrap my brain around the "engineering" of it all.

    July 22, 2010 at 15:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • doubleuterus

      Most women with this condition have normal tubes and ovaries. They're formed at a different time during fetal development than the uterus, cervix and vagina. A full uterus didelphys will have two cervixes, yes. And a septum sperating the vagina. but each vagina will only have one ovary. So my right ovary is connected to the right uterus and my left to the left. Trust me, it IS confusing. You can google the condition and find some pictures. I needed them when the doctor described it to me.
      And the pregnancy hormones keep me from ovulating (so getting pregnant agian while I'm like 6 months pregnant isn't a worry, thank goodness) but because my left uterus is thickening like my right because of the hormones, that causes issues. The thickening of the right is creating the placenta and other things the baby needs, but the thickening of the left is just thickening with no purpose. My periods are definately NOT as bad as a normal period, but when the left lining gets to be too much and there's nothing for it to do, it starts to shed again... Some women with uterus didelphys have this, some do not. It's making it VERY nerve wracking trying to figure out if bleeding is "normal" and nothing to worry about or not normal and something to worry about, let me tell you! 🙂

      July 22, 2010 at 20:43 | Report abuse |
    • doubleuterus

      oh, speaking of fetal development, the kidneys form from the same system that creates the uterus and cervix, so about 50% of the women with the condition only have one kidney.

      July 22, 2010 at 20:45 | Report abuse |
    • tjuni

      Doubleuterus,

      THANK YOU for being so open and honest about your situation. I was recently diagnosed with a unicornuate uterus. I am 31 and have no children and recently married. I've seen a specialist who told me that I only had to worry about preterm labor and breech position. I've read many horror stories about this condition as far as miscarriages, and it was/is scary. I've never encountered anyone with this condition, but then it's not something that comes up in conversation. I read this story because I felt an obvious "kinship" for the subject. I wish her the best, and thank you for sharing. Regardless of what some of the people are saying, it's a very real condition. I am thankful for both kidneys, and time will tell on the child/children. I pray the woman in story has a healthy pregnancy and two healthy babies.

      August 20, 2010 at 17:17 | Report abuse |
  49. suanita

    actually, dictionary.com allows uteruses so shut your pie hole........

    n. pl. u·ter·i (yōō'tə-rī') or u·ter·us·es

    A hollow muscular organ located in the pelvic cavity of female mammals in which the fertilized egg implants and develops. Also called womb .

    A corresponding part in other animals.

    [Middle English, from Latin.]

    July 22, 2010 at 15:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. smp

    Best of health to you and your babies!

    July 22, 2010 at 15:36 | Report abuse | Reply
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