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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. paulbark

    I wonder if she told her husband, "Honey, I've got a little something extra you might be interested in"?

    July 22, 2010 at 15:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. CEY

    Best wishes for a healthy pregnancy, and healthy babies!

    July 22, 2010 at 15:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Blah

    What is going on? She has a mutant vagina or something?

    July 22, 2010 at 15:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Blah

    So what is going on? She has a mutant vagina or something?

    July 22, 2010 at 15:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. JC-VA

    Really... You All are so funny.... Everytime I'm bored all I have to do is find an article in CNN and just read what everyone has to say to each other. I always LMAO.... Thanks All!!!!

    July 22, 2010 at 15:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Gabby

    What a troll

    July 22, 2010 at 16:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Gabby

    What a troll.

    July 22, 2010 at 16:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. RH of WI

    To lorrie
    And you are a moron!

    July 22, 2010 at 16:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Dave

    Do you think she knows who the 2nd baby's daddy is?

    July 22, 2010 at 16:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Holly

    Are you people for real? There are more comments about spelling/grammar and possible dual menstrual cycles than concern for the health of these babies?! Bad taste!

    I wish mom and babies good health. They are a double miracle.

    July 22, 2010 at 16:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. She loves frogs

    I wish I had atleast one....lost mine to cancer at 27. It's a mystery why some women are luckier than others but I do wish you the best and you look very happy. Best health to Mom and babies.

    July 22, 2010 at 16:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • oh my ears

      Hey frogs, can these organs be donated and transplanted? Seems like a win win if they can

      July 22, 2010 at 17:46 | Report abuse |
    • doubleuterus

      I am sorry to hear of your loss 😦 it's devestating to be forced to not have children of your own because of your body.
      ButI don't think it's lucky to have this condition. It actually increases the risk of pre-term labor, miscarriage and stillbirth. My doctor actually told me I would never have children because of it (and I haven't yet been able to carry a viable pregnancy because the function of the uterus that allows it to grow and expand with a pregnancy is broken as well). We're still trying and have as of now made it a week farther than we have before but we're still not to a point of having a viable baby. The "lucky" women are the ones who are normal.

      July 22, 2010 at 20:50 | Report abuse |
  12. daCRITIQUE

    Dude looks like a lady, I mean...

    July 22, 2010 at 16:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Debbie Jo

      I dont see you putting up your picture, dumb ass

      July 29, 2010 at 22:27 | Report abuse |
  13. Jenny

    I also have uterine didelphys and have a pregnancy in each uteri. I'm currently 16 weeks pregnant. Is there a way I can communicate with Angie Cromar? It is an amazing miracle how we got here and we continue to pray for a healthy and strong pregnancy.

    July 22, 2010 at 16:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rebecca

      I'm sure if you looked around enough, you might be able to contact her through email or a letter. I don't know exactly how, but I wish you the best of luck!

      July 26, 2010 at 14:13 | Report abuse |
  14. JustForFun

    My wife has this very condition and also had "two vaginas" as the septum ran all the way to her vaginal opening. But we had that corrected with surgery. 😦 She does still have the two cervixes though. Unfortunately, although pregnant several times over several years, we never were able to carry a baby to term. We eventually adopted two very sweet and beautiful boys!

    July 22, 2010 at 17:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Debbie Jo

      Bless you both

      July 29, 2010 at 22:21 | Report abuse |
    • Kathleen

      I noticed that you used "we" throughout your post. How wonderful for your wife to have such a supportive husband during what must certainly have been a frustrating and, at times, very sad situation. Congratulations on your success in completing your family!

      August 4, 2010 at 13:26 | Report abuse |
  15. mrsmarvel

    Hilarious that there is almost as much discussion of the grammar as about the actual story.

    July 22, 2010 at 17:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Be easy

    People grow up,do some work and get a life!!! Words are missued and grammar isn't so perfect in plenty places everyday.

    July 22, 2010 at 17:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. dzad

    u know those words you say when u try to defend ur position of sleeping with a pregnant girl, "well, atleast you can't get her pregnant!" less people will say that now

    July 22, 2010 at 17:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Jaime

    JustforFun: 2 vaginas? Do you stick your schlong into each one, double-dipping?

    July 22, 2010 at 17:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. SallySlap

    Double the cramps. Ouch!

    July 22, 2010 at 17:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Scott

    The grammar in this article is terrible. And you losers commenting about the guy who got the uterius wrong are just plane retarded. get a job. get a life

    July 22, 2010 at 17:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. oh my ears

    You are one sick deprived child. Get some help already and get off this page

    July 22, 2010 at 17:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • oh my ears

      this was a reply to a sick comment. Thankfully that sick commment was removed. But his reply looks silly alone.

      July 22, 2010 at 17:51 | Report abuse |
  22. ivnprt

    OK which one is it "Women with two uterus carrying a baby in each" or "Women with uteruses carrying a baby in each" ?

    July 22, 2010 at 17:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. CubanMom

    God bless the Mom with healthy deliveries and babies.

    July 22, 2010 at 18:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. sodoff you wanker

    Wait wait wait, did she have two uteruses...and two vaginas? Double the fun!

    July 22, 2010 at 18:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cathy

      That's just ignorant. Educate yourself.

      July 22, 2010 at 18:34 | Report abuse |
  25. T

    Im glad im a dude. kudos to women for going thru this

    July 22, 2010 at 18:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. donna

    Wow, good for her! How do they know one is four days older? Were they implanted or can they measure the size that accurately?

    July 22, 2010 at 18:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Edwin

    Did no one notice the first line of the story? "A woman who has been pregnant for more than 20 weeks is due to give birth to two babies..."

    20 weeks? My daughter was born early at 25 weeks and they gave her a 60% survival chance. 20 weeks is less than 5 months, about 20 weeks short of normal.

    Is it a typo in the article? A fetus' lungs do not even attach to the circulatory system until week 22, more or less. If they are earlier than that, they basically have 0% survival chance.

    I wish them the best - I really hope this was an editorial error rather than an extremely early birth.

    July 22, 2010 at 19:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Siddue

    I hate pregnant women. I hate her twice as much.

    July 22, 2010 at 19:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Siddue

    This isn't even newsworthy.

    July 22, 2010 at 19:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. johnnybobby

    Dr. Greenspan is the one in need of a grammar lesson...

    July 22, 2010 at 19:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Tracy

    Congratulations! You're a very lucky lady and I wish you every happiness with your growing family.

    July 22, 2010 at 21:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. LEB

    20 weeks? Goodness, I hope those babies stay in there a little longer. Best of luck to you, and hopefully two beautiful, healthy babies!

    July 22, 2010 at 22:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. phillip

    wow thats something inst it?

    July 22, 2010 at 22:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. DRFieldAgent

    Wow, must be a slow day in the call center. Do your bosses know you're proofreading CNN.com and other random people when you're probably at work? Oh, well. I guess its better than looking at porn. Carry on.

    July 22, 2010 at 23:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. lcal

    Does she have two menstrual cycles?

    July 22, 2010 at 23:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Cleomenza

    i just dont understand it medicaly .
    but this is just a sweet gift just like any otha baby born .
    wish the babies n mommy healthy Gbu 🙂

    July 23, 2010 at 00:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. deathgleaner

    Miracle of Life. Watch that.

    July 23, 2010 at 01:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. weezma

    she looks like she has a penis too

    July 23, 2010 at 01:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marky

      What the heck is your problem, idiot?! I'm sick of obnoxious trollers!

      July 23, 2010 at 03:31 | Report abuse |
  39. Ann

    having two babies in two different uterus is quite an amazing gift from the heavens above..take care of it..i hope the two babies will come out healthy...

    July 23, 2010 at 01:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. sarah

    Wow! Its amazing and a miracle. Wish it cud happen to me!

    July 23, 2010 at 01:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Tinu

    Whike this is one of the strangest discoveries I have made in a long time, I wish her safe delivery and sincerely hope that she won't have to labor 4days apart since technically one should be due before the other....My best part of this read is when the grammer police got policed!it was the needed comic relief-:)

    July 23, 2010 at 02:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. theresahanson

    So she is double the woman. We need her in office

    July 23, 2010 at 03:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Jaime

    According to Stedman's Medical Dictionary, the correct plural of uterus is uteri.

    July 23, 2010 at 05:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Belldin

    She is very, very fortunate to be able to have any babies, much less one in each uterus. I had this condition, called a bicornuate uterus, and was unable to have children because of it. I did get pregnant after 20 years of trying, only to have a miscarriage at 16 weeks. I then had to have a total hysterectomy because of the complications after losing my daughter. I wish her the best of luck and all the blessings in the world and pray she has 2 healthy beautiful babies.

    July 23, 2010 at 07:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Debbie

    in response to whether they can be transplanted, no. My daughter has this condition and it is actually one uterus with a blood supply wall between. If there is no blood supply the inner wall can be taken out. My daughter also has two cervix and one right kidney.

    July 23, 2010 at 08:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Allie

    Nah, that's just your mirror. Seriously though, what a rude, unnecessary comment.

    July 23, 2010 at 09:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. J

    Good Luck!!

    July 23, 2010 at 09:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Jodiem25

    That's too strange, I too was born with 2 uteri and also 2 cervix. Not to mention only one kidney. I had procedures too take the wall out of the uterus so I now only have one big one. Although I still have 2 cervix, I can now have a baby. After loosing the first one is when I found out all about my female body!!! Weird but its ok!!

    July 23, 2010 at 12:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gail

      Interesting!! I, too, have a double uterus, a double cervix and only one kidney. I have two daughters, one was born in the right uterus and the other in the left uterus. They are 8.5 years apart, evidence that it was not easy to conceive, and they were both full term. Congratulations to Angie!

      July 26, 2010 at 18:20 | Report abuse |
  49. Kate

    I have found out I had a uterus didelphys when I had a Miscarriage in 2007. The placenta attached to the middle septum which divides both "uteri", and wasn't able to receive enough nourishment to thrive. I became pregnant again in 2008. This time it was a success. I carried two babies full term – one in each uterus. There isn't much research on uterus didelphys, so my whole pregnancy was spent under a microscope. I had wonderful care and excellent doctors, but there weren't any resources I could access that would tell me what to expect when expecting two babies, conceived at different times, who have their own rooms (uteri)! After reading about the increased risk of preterm labor when carrying multiples under ordinary conditions, I was worried about both uteri not being able to handle both babies full term. But as I approached my 9th month, I felt that it may be better to cary twins this way! I didn't experience any signs of preterm labor which is a huge risk when carrying multiples. I was also able to escape the dreaded constantly threatened bed rest, and worked until the day before my scheduled C Section. I may have just been extremely lucky that the pregnancy went as smoothly as it did, but I can't help but think having one baby in each uterus reduced cervical pressure that causes dilation. I wish Ms. Cromar the best of luck and I hope her pregnancy and delivery go well!

    July 23, 2010 at 16:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Lulubabe

    #amn! is she fugly! I wouldn't hit it – probably had artificial inseminati's

    July 24, 2010 at 17:35 | Report abuse | Reply
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