A woman recently discovered she had two wombs when she fell pregnant – with a baby in each.
Poppy and Piran House were born at 34 weeks after parents, Jennifer Ashwood and Andrew House, found out she had a rare ‘heart-shaped’ uterus. Remarkably, she became pregnant with twins when one egg was released into each uterus – and they were both successfully fertilised at the same time.
Ashwood, a care coordinator, said. “To have the two uteruses is rare in itself, but to have an egg in both, then those to be fertilised, and then for both eggs to be in the right part, is a bit of a miracle.
“It is ridiculously rare. The odds were stacked against us but it all worked out. You think that you know your body well, but it turns out you might not.
“I’m 31. I’ve had a baby before and it was really straight forward. But my body has surprised me this time.
“It’s two separate uterine cavities joined by one cervix. Everything else is the same, with two fallopian tubes, one on each side, each with an ovary.
“It’s caused by a mid-line abnormality from when I was in the womb.
“What happened was that at the time of ovulation an egg was released from each tube, one into each uterus, and both were fertilised, and both remained in each uterus.
“It’s crazy when you think about it. It’s possible that the 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 is.”