Woman with two wombs gives birth twice, nearly a month apart

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Woman with two wombs gives birth twice, nearly a month apart

Unread post by Kunle Emmanuel » Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:16 am

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A 20-year-old Bangladeshi woman gave birth to twins -- 26 days after giving birth to her first child.

Arifa Sultana, 20, gave birth to a baby in late February, but 26 days later was rushed again to another hospital after feeling pain in her stomach.

Doctors found she was still pregnant with twins in a second uterus, and performed an emergency Caesarean.

Her twins were found to be healthy and were discharged with no complications.


Arifa Sultana gave birth to a boy in late February, according to Dr. Sheila Poddar, a gynecologist at Ad-Din hospital in Dhaka. After a normal delivery, the mother and baby were released from a different Dhaka hospital. Less than four weeks later, she was admitted to Ad-Din hospital.

"She came to the hospital complaining of lower abdominal pain," Poddar said. Doctors performed an ultrasound and realized Sultana was pregnant with twins.

Sultana had two uteruses, a condition called uterus didelphys. Her first baby and the twins were conceived and grown in separate wombs.

She did not get an ultrasound before the first delivery, so it was missed, Poddar said.
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"It is not very common to have two uteruses. When the uterus develops, it comes from two tubes, and those tubes fuse together. For some women, the fusion does not occur, and the dividing wall does not dissolve," said Dr. S.N. Basu, head of obstetrics and gynecology at Max Healthcare hospital in New Delhi.

Poddar was able to quickly perform a C-section to deliver twins: a boy and a girl. "All three children are safe and healthy," Poddar said. "The mother is also fine."

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Re: Woman with two wombs gives birth twice, nearly a month apart

Unread post by Kunle Emmanuel » Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:18 am

A uterus didelphys is a rare congenital abnormality, and the occurrence of twin gestation has an overall incidence rate of 1 in a million, according to the National Institutes of Health.

For it not to be discovered before the birth is even less common.

Medical Explanation:
She has a rare undetected medical condition called Uterus Didelphys- meaning “double womb”.
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Re: Woman with two wombs gives birth twice, nearly a month apart

Unread post by Kunle Emmanuel » Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:37 am

The condition is very rare.
The figures estimate that maybe only 1 in 1000 women may have the condition.

But it usually goes undetected in some women except if the woman develops fertility problems or in spectacular cases like these where the absolutely amazing stuff happens.

Interestingly this is not the first.

Hannah Kersey (UK), in 2006, also had double womb. She gave birth to identical twins from one womb and one from the other womb.

This was the first ever of such.

It is estimated that the possibility of such a birth is about 1 in 25 million.
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Unread post by Kunle Emmanuel » Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:42 am

So what causes it?
Nobody knows exactly what causes it.

But what we do know is that “double womb” is an abnormality in the normal development of the womb in which the ducts that should fuse together and become one canal called the womb remain unfused and develop side by side.

How is it detected?

Usually goes undetected only if it causes problems with getting pregnant or if after getting pregnant a scan is done which will show it.

Sometimes there may be a double vagina too. That makes the suspicion and diagnosis faster as doctors investigate early.

What are the issues with it?

It can cause miscarriage, difficulty getting pregnant, babies born before time, babies having an abnormal position inside the womb and usually babies may need to be born through CS operation.

I hope we all learnt something there.
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