Imagine this: a woman with two uteruses, expecting two babies simultaneously! It's incredibly rare and completely stumping the doctors. While twins in one uterus might not be shocking, having twins in separate uteri? That's blowing everyone's minds!
Doctors Left Puzzled After Woman With Two Uteruses Gets Pregnant In Both
Meet Kelsey Hatcher, a 32-year-old from Alabama who's surprised to learn she's expecting two more babies this year.
Already a mom of three with her husband Caleb, Kelsey was born with a rare condition called uterine didelphys.
This means she has two uteruses and two cervixes—a super rare thing occurring in just three out of 1,000 women, according to experts.
The Mayo Clinic notes that uterus didelphys, a rare condition present from birth, involves the development of two distinct uteri in the female body.
As reported by WVTM 13, Kelsey not only has two uteri but also two functioning cervices, and she's carrying pregnancies in both.
Although Kelsey has been aware of her body's unique condition for a while, this marks the first instance of her simultaneously carrying two separate pregnancies.
Speaking about delivering the news to her husband, Kelsey recounted: "I said 'Well, there's two of them in there' and he said 'You're lying'. I said 'No, I'm not'.
Following the revelation of her extraordinary pregnancy during her initial ultrasound, Kelsey has garnered overwhelming media interest, propelling her into the spotlight as the focus of a notable medical case study.
Despite the attention she's received, Kelsey mentions that she typically shies away from being in the spotlight or attracting excessive attention.
She told the local news outlet: "I don't want people to be talking about all my stuff and so to be this rare and kind of out there, I'm like 'Oh my gosh, this is a lot'."
Although Kelsey's unique pregnancy is considered risky, reports indicate that both baby girls are developing healthily and meeting their growth milestones as expected.
However, due to the babies occupying separate wombs, Kelsey might need to undergo two distinct hospitalizations for the births, given the separate locations of each child.
UAB Dr. Richard Davis, who specialises in high-risk pregnancies said: "We will have to monitor each uterus to see which one's contracting and if they're doing sort of the same or they're different."
Reports suggest that the sisters might be born with a significant time gap between them—potentially days, hours, or even weeks apart.
This discrepancy in due dates has sparked discussions regarding whether they should be classified as twins or simply as siblings.
Addressing this, obstetrician Dr. Shweta Patel highlighted the extreme rarity of this situation, mentioning that, for now, referring to them as twins is the closest descriptor, even though each child has a separate due date.
By the end of 2023, the Hatcher family is anticipated to expand to a remarkable count of five children, all under the age of eight—a significant and heartwarming growth for their bustling household.
When asked to clarify if the kids would be her last, Kelsey said: “Yes! The third one was our last one. But no, we’re grateful for the blessings for sure. But this will definitely be the end.”