A pregnant British woman discovered she has two wombs and is carrying a twin in each one — meaning she could give birth with two separate labours, according to a new interview. Kelly Fairhurst, 28, told The Sun that after her 12-week scan she was told she was one in 50 million who carry twins in separate wombs. “I just thought, ‘God, that’s a shock,’” Fairhurst, who was also told she has two cervixes, told the UK paper. Her family history made her know twins would be possible, but she “never thought I’d have identical twins in two separate wombs,” she said. “It makes you feel incredibly grateful that this has happened to you and you get to have two amazing babies.” The biggest risk is one of the babies being born prematurely — as both her previous children were — meaning she could end up giving birth in two separate labours, she said. “The plan is to have them both by c-section, but my last two births have been so quick there’s a risk that might not be possible,” she told The Sun. “In all honesty, the whole thing is pretty crazy.”
Professor Asma Khalil, an expert in obstetrics at St George’s Hospital in London, called it “extremely rare.” Kelly discovered she was expecting twins during a scan, and that each twin was developing in a separate womb. “There are just a handful of recorded cases of women with uterus didelphys who gave birth to identical twins across the world,” he told The Sun, using the medical term for the condition. It can cause problems. In one case one twin was delivered at 25 weeks and the other carried on until late in pregnancy.
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