Mum Pregnant With Twins Discovers She’s Carrying Them In Two ᴡᴏᴍʙS In One-In-500 Million Chance
Twins Piran and Poppy were born via C-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ at 34 weeks. THEY were sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ to discover they were having twins. But at their 20-week sᴄᴀɴ, Jennifer Ashwood and Andrew House were ʟᴇꜰᴛ ʟᴏsᴛ for words.
In Jennifer’s case one ᴇɢɢ was released into each womb and fertilised at the same time. And twins Poppy and Piran were delivered safely via C-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ at 34 weeks. The mum-of-three said: “To have the double ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs is rare in itself but to have an ᴇɢɢ in both, then for those to be fertilised, and for both ᴇɢɢs to be in the right part – it’s a miracle. It is ʀɪᴅɪᴄᴜʟᴏᴜsʟʏ ʀᴀʀᴇ. The odds were sᴛᴀᴄᴋᴇᴅ ᴀɢᴀɪɴsᴛ us but it all worked out. You think you know your body well, but it turns out you might not.”Jennifer was even more sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ, having already given birth to her daughter Millie, now eight. That pregnancy was straightforward, giving away no clues of her rare ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ.
“My body has surprised me this time. I have two separate ᴜᴛᴇʀɪɴᴇ ᴄᴀᴠɪᴛɪᴇs ᴊᴏɪɴᴇᴅ ʙʏ ᴏɴᴇ ᴄᴇʀᴠɪx . Everything else is the same, I have two Fallopian tubes, one each side, with an ovary each.”she admitted.
The condition is caused by an abnormality when Jennifer was in the ᴡᴏᴍʙ. Rather than looking like a regular ᴡᴏᴍʙ, Jennifer’s is heart-shaped, with with two sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴs sᴛᴇᴍᴍɪɴɢ ꜰʀᴏᴍ ᴏɴᴇ ᴄᴇʀᴠɪx. It makes it no harder for a woman to conceive, but does increase the risk of ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ ᴏʀ ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ birth slightly. In most cases women with the ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ will only carry one baby, in one ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs. But during Jennifer’s normal monthly cycle, she ᴏᴠᴜʟᴀᴛᴇᴅ and released two ᴇɢɢs – one from each Fallopian tube. Both were ꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪsᴇᴅ and remained in each separate section of the ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs.
Jennifer said: “It’s ᴄʀᴀᴢʏ when you think about it. It’s possible that fertilisation could have occurred one or even two days apart, but it was from the same time. We found out at the 20-week scan and ever since people have been saying how rare it was.”
Jennifer and Andrew, a firefighter, from Camborne in Cornwall, found out they were expecting twins in December last year at their 12-week sᴄᴀɴ. They got engaged on New Years’ Eve, and then in February they went for their 20-week sᴄᴀɴ and discovered Jennifer’s ᴡᴏᴍʙ ᴀʙɴᴏʀᴍᴀʟɪᴛʏ.Jennifer went into early labour at 28 weeks, but medics managed to stop her contractions with ᴅʀᴜɢs, and she had a C-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ on May 6. Piran was born first at 5lb 10oz, with Poppy born minutes later weighing 5lb 3oz. Doctors even took a photo of Jennifer’s ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs’ during sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ at her request, so she could see what it looked like. It clearly shows the two ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs’ with one measuring much smaller than the other. Jennifer was allowed home after five days, while the twins stayed in hospital for two weeks, having ᴊᴀᴜɴᴅɪᴄᴇ ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ and feeding support. She might have to have two contraceptive coils fitted to prevent future pregnancies.
“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. Luckily by some miracle they don’t seem to wake her up. When we told her it was twins she said she only wanted one but she’s coming round to the idea now.” she said.