In a rare happening no one saw coming, mom Kelsey Hatcher in Dora, Alabama is pregnant with twins. Nothing weird about having twins, except she has two uteruses each carrying one twin in each.
Studies of this bizarre pregnancy, show the odds to be around 1 in 2 billion in the general population of a pregnant woman with two uteruses carrying a baby in each one at the same time.
Her OBGYN discovered this about eight weeks into her pregnancy during her first ultrasound appointment. The ultrasound tech did a first scan and saw a single healthy embryo, nothing unusual. However, after learning Kelsey was born with two uteruses (a condition called uterine didelphys), the tech scanned the other side of her belly and discovered an unbelievable second embryo present in the second uterus. It was clear as day on the ultrasound.
Everyone was blown away, considering the odds of such a pregnancy are astronomical. 3 and a half million babies were born in the United States in 2022, and about 114,000 of those births were twins CDC data shows. In other words we got 3 pair of twins for every 200 births.
1 in 2,000 women are born with a double uterus, very rare indeed, so mom Kelsey got both eggs in each uterus miraculously fertilized about the same time. Sometimes a woman's ovaries release more than one egg during each cycle, this event is called hyperovulation. Ovaries normally release a single egg each cycle. This of course set the situation for this double Uterine pregnancy to happen. A fertile woman has a better chance at winning the lottery than getting pregnant this way.
Her doctors are being extremely cautious with the strange pregnancy since it wasn't covered in medical school training. Kelsey too is being cautious, being careful about how she position herself when laying down. She and husband even observe two baby bumps. Even with twins in a single uterus, it normal to see a single larger bump.
Here childbirth due date is Christmas of 2023, the family is watching and hoping anxiously for a safe problem-free delivery.
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