Mom Welcomes Normal Looking Twins But Their Birth Happens Only Once Every 500 Million Times
Jan 16th, 2019
On so many occasions, women who give birth to twins are always shocked when they are told they are carrying more than one baby. Jennifer Ashwood got an announcement like this and like most women in her shoes, was just as surprised and happy.
But there was something else that made her case even more special, Doctor told Jenifer that are twins are one of the less than few hundred cases ever recorded in the world.
Ashwood’s type of anatomy is a very rare occurrence. She has two wombs, a condition known as the bicornuate uterus and only seen in about one in 500 million cases. As rare as this was, it was even rarer to have both of these wombs containing eggs that have been fertilized at the same time. Even though this wasn’t her first pregnancy, the fact that she had two uteri was news even to her because she didn’t have any prior knowledge about it until she got pregnant the second time, this time with twins.
“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.”
Ashwood and her husband were excited to hear that they were expecting again and were elated when the doctors told them in December that they were expecting twin. Then during a routine check in February, it was discovered that the babies were in one womb each. While doctors said the condition rarely caused complications, there is a big risk of having a premature birth.
Just as the doctors predicted, Ashwood went into labor at 34 weeks and gave birth to her twin babies through a c-section. it was a boy and a girl. The boy who they named Piran, was 5lb 10oz, and her daughter Poppy was 5lb 3oz. Although the baby.
Although the babies had jaundice at birth and had to remain in the hospital for two weeks after their birth. They were finally able to return home with their excited parents.
“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. ” Jennifer Said.
And has expected things have been a lot different around their homes. It’s a double blessing for them, but that, of course, comes with double of everything else. But Jennifer and her husband wouldn’t have it any other way.
“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.”
We wish Jenifer’s miracle babies lot of blessings as they grow up.