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An Atlanta woman is giving birth to two babies this summer - but they are not twins. Angie Cromar has a rare condition, uterus didelphys, which mean she has two functioning uteruses. And against the odds, she is carrying a baby in both of them, due about a week apart.

The rare double uterus condition effects about one per thousand women in the US and only about 100 cases worldwide have been documented of a double pregnancy. Uterus didelphys is something that occurs before birth when two tubes which normally fuse to create a single uterus fail to do so. Sometimes the woman will have a double cervix and on even rarer occasions, a split vagina. Many women don’t even realize they have the condition and can go their entire lives without being diagnosed.

Many women who have the double uterus will have normal pregnancies and deliveries, but many times medical intervention is required. Since the uterus is smaller, early delivery may be required. Treatment is necessary if a woman experiences infertility or miscarriage.

In Cromar’s case, she has been pregnant before and had successful deliveries. This time, the double pregnancy was a surprise. In a CBS Atlanta report last week, Cromar said that when she told her husband about the extraordinary circumstance of the pregnancies, he didn’t believe her.

According to the New York Daily News, Cromer said she knew there could be complications and that she was “a little nervous. . . but I’m really excited.”

Source: Catharine Paddock/Medical News Today


 
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