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Utah mother pregnant with two babies who aren't twins

By Nadine Wimmer | Posted - Jul. 13, 2010 at 10:20 p.m.



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MURRAY -- A Utah woman is pregnant with two babies. It wouldn't be that unusual, except that these babies aren't twins. Hard to believe? It was for the mother.

Angie Cromar's first ultrasound revealed something shocking to her and her doctor.

Angie Cromar is pregnant with two fetuses in two separate uteruses.
Angie Cromar is pregnant with two fetuses in two separate uteruses.

"Angie and I both had the look of surprise," said Dr. Steve Terry, with Cottonwood OB/GYN in Murray.

What they saw were two separate babies at slightly different stages of development.

"[He said] I'm five weeks and four days in one, and six weeks and one day in the other," Angie said.

She knew she was born with the rare condition called didelphys, meaning two uteruses. It was never an issue in her other pregnancies, but this time she conceived in both. Chances of that are one in 5 million.

"Probably less than 100, so far, worldwide, have been reported; so she's a member of a small, elite club," Terry said.

First, Angie had to break the news to her husband.

What is... uterus didelphys?
In a female fetus, the uterus starts out as two small tubes. As the fetus develops, the tubes normally join to create one larger, hollow organ - the uterus. Sometimes, however, the tubes don't join completely. Instead, each one develops into a separate cavity. This condition is called uterus didelphys or double uterus. Double uterus is rare - and sometimes not even diagnosed. According to one estimate, uterine abnormalities occur in as many as 4 percent of women who have normal pregnancies, and of these women, about 5 percent have a double uterus. -Mayo Clinic

"It was exciting. He didn't believe me for a little while, though," she said.

Then reality set in. As a labor and delivery nurse, Angie knows this rarity can bring about complications like pre-term labor and low birth weight.

"Oh, I'm a little nervous, just because I know what can happen, but I'm really excited," Angie said.

Though just 20 weeks along now, the babies are already creating a buzz for the family, which is now buying double of everything, and in the medical community.

"As far as setting up bleachers and selling tickets, we are not anticipating that, though," Terry said.

"It's pretty rare. We are pretty thankful, pretty happy," Angie said.

Angie and her husband have gotten used to the anomaly, now they're preparing for the givens of parenthood: exciting times and sleepless nights.

E-mail: dwimmer@ksl.com

Nadine Wimmer

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