Friday, December 8

A woman in Alabama, born with two uteruses, finds herself pregnant with twins, one in each uterus. Kelsey Hatcher, who possesses the unique anatomy of two uteruses and two cervixes, had long recognized the distinctiveness of her own physiology. Nevertheless, she was taken aback when the revelation of her twin pregnancy surfaced, as reported by Business Insider.

“I’m typically not one that likes a lot of attention and doesn’t want people to be talking about all my stuff,” Hatcher shared with the outlet. “And so to be this rare and kind of out there, I’m like: oh my gosh.”

Hatcher, already a mother of three, received the astonishing news during her initial ultrasound last spring. Both of her uteri were carrying a pregnancy.

“I said, ‘Well, there’s two of them in there.’ And he said, ‘You’re lying,'” Hatcher recounted her husband Caleb’s reaction when she informed him about the twins.

Richard Davis, an expert in high-risk pregnancies affiliated with the University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital, informed WVTM that the occurrence of women born with a double uterus and double cervix is an exceedingly rare phenomenon, affecting “way under 1%” of the female population.

“Maybe 3 per 1,000 women might have that,” Davis explained. “And then the probability of having a twin in each one is really crazy.”

According to information from the Mayo Clinic, a double uterus arises during fetal development when the two small tubes that typically fuse to form a single uterus instead develop into individual organs. Typically, a double uterus presents no symptoms and is often discovered during pelvic exams or imaging studies following a miscarriage.

As Kelsey Hatcher prepares for labor, medical experts like Richard Davis emphasize the necessity for meticulous monitoring of each uterus. They will need to ascertain which uterus is contracting and whether the contractions are occurring simultaneously or separately, as reported by WVTM.

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