Woman pregnant with two babies in separate wombs

July 21st, 2010 - 5:45 pm ICT by IANS  

London, July 21 (IANS) In a rare case, an American woman with a rare condition known as uterus didelphys because of which she has two uteruses, is pregnant with two babies who were conceived almost a week apart.
Angie Cromar, 34, from Murray near Salt Lake City, Utah, has been told that she is due to have a boy and a girl. They are not twins and are due at different times, the Telegraph reported.

Medical experts say the chance of conceiving in both uteruses is about one in five million. Less than 100 people in the world are known to have “double pregnancies”.

After her first ultrasound, doctors told the delivery and labour nurse that one baby was five weeks and a day old and the other six weeks and a day.

Cromar, who with husband Joel, 33, has three children aged under eight, said she knew she had the rare uterine condition but it had not affected her other pregnancies.

She admitted she was nervous but very excited at the prospect of the double birth later this year.

Doctors have warned her that the condition carried a risk of premature labour and low birth weight. “I’m a little nervous, just because I know what can happen, but I’m really excited,” she told her local TV station.

Steve Terry, her doctor, said he was surprised when the ultrasound first revealed the double pregnancy. “Angie and I both had the look of surprise,” he said.

Cromar, a nurse in the maternity unit at one of her local hospitals, has been told the babies, who are now at more than 20 weeks, are developing normally.

They will join her other children, Alex, eight, Luke, four, and Sammy, two.

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