The uterus also known as the womb is an organ in the lower body of a woman or female mammal where offspring are conceived. There is a rare condition where a woman instead of having one uterus will have two the condition is called bicornuate uterus. The condition is so rare that the odds of one mother having the condition is about one in 500 million. Jennifer Ashwood has this rare condition a knowledge she herself was oblivious of even after giving birth before to her 8 year old daughter.
Jennifer the care worker and her fireman husband Andrew, found out in December that they were expecting twins but it was after the doctors found an abnormality in her ultrasound scans, that the parents found out there was one baby in each womb . A condition such as this doesn’t cause complications in conceptions but there is a bigger risk of premature birth.
“I’m 31, I’ve had a baby before and it was really straightforward. But my body surprised me this time. We found out at the 20-week scan and ever since people have been saying how rare it was.” “It’s caused by a midline abnormality from when I was in the womb. “Its two separate uterine cavities joined by one cervix. Everything else is the same, with two fallopian tubes, one each side, each with an ovary. “What happened was at the time of ovulation an egg was released from each tube, one into each uterus, and both were fertilized, and both remained in each uterus. “It’s crazy when you think about it. It’s possible that the fertilization could have occurred one or even two days apart, but it was at the same time. Mrs Jennifer Ashwood from Camborne, Cornwall said.
Jennifer went into early labour at 28 weeks, but medics managed to delay her contractions with drugs, At 34 weeks Jennifer, eventually went into labor and gave birth to son Piran, 5lb 10oz, and a daughter Poppy, 5lb 3oz, through C-section. The two bundles of joy had jaundice at birth and were able to go home after spending two weeks in medical care being treated for it”.
At Jennifer’s request Doctors even took a photo of the “twin uterus” during surgery so she could see what it looked like. The picture clearly shows the two uteri with one measuring much smaller than the other.
“To have the two [wombs] is rare in itself, but to have an egg in both, then those to be fertilized and then for both eggs to be in the right part … it’s a bit of a miracle. You think you know your body well, but it turns out you might not. Compared to my first pregnancy I was sick much, much more. Because it’s so rare to carry a baby in each [womb], they didn’t really quite know what was going to happen until they opened me up and took a look.” she added.
Talking about the effort required to raise the twins and their Elder sister’s reaction when she saw the twins she said:
“It’s very, very busy at home now. We haven’t had much sleep but I don’t think we’d be having much even if we just had one. It’s double the cuddles and double the love. Millie is getting used to things slowly. When we told her it was twins she said she only wanted one, but she’s coming round to the idea now.”
Ms Ashwood thanked the “fantastic staff” at the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske and her 30 year-old firefighter husband Andrew.
“I could not have done it without him being by my side, he was so calm and I’m a bit of a worrier Almost three months on and both babies are doing really well any baby is a miracle, but these two are extremely special,” she added.