Utah woman has rare double pregnancy




Posted on July 15, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:45 AM

MURRAY, Utah - Angie Cromar's first ultrasound revealed something shocking to her and her doctor. 

"Angie and I both had the look of surprise," said her OB/GYN Dr. Steve Terry.

She was carrying two separate babies at slightly different stages of development.

"I'm five weeks and four days in one, and six weeks and one day in the other," says Angie.

She knew she was born with the rare condition called Didelphys, meaning two uteruses. 

It was never an issue in her other pregnancies, but this time she conceived in both. Chances of that are one in five million. 

"Probably less than 100, so far, worldwide, have been reported; so she's a member of a small, elite club," says Dr. Terry.

First, she had to break the news to her husband.

"It was exciting. He didn't believe me for a little while, though," says Angie.

Then reality set in. As a labor and delivery nurse, Angie knows this rarity can bring about complications like pre-term labor and low birth weight. 

"Oh, I'm a little nervous, just because I know what can happen, but I'm really excited," she says.

Though just 20 weeks along now, the babies are already creating a buzz for the family, which is now buying double of everything, and in the medical community. 

"As far as setting up bleachers and selling tickets, we are not anticipating that, though," chuckles Dr. Terry.

"It's pretty rare. We are pretty thankful, pretty happy," Angie says.

Angie and her husband say they've gotten used to the anomaly. Now they're busy preparing for more of the normal parts of parenthood: exciting times and sleepless nights.