My friend has half a uterus

Has anyone ever heard of this kind of thing? My friend was born with a uterus that is about half the size of normal and only one ovary and fallopian tube.

She was worried she could not get pregnant, but she just told me yesterday she is two months pregnant! I am so, so happy for her.

But I'm also worried if she will be able to carry to term, will she be able to labor normally, what kind of risks there might be, etc.

Does anyone know of similar cases?

I've never heard of anything like this - congratulations to her on her pregnancy

But I'm also worried if she will be able to carry to term, will she be able to labor normally, what kind of risks there might be, etc.
Originally Posted by iris427
What has her doctor said about it?
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I've never heard of that before--the closest thing I've heard of is bicornuate uterus, where instead of being the normal pear-shape, it has two "horns." I would imagine this might make your friend's pregnancy high-risk and she is probably being monitored more closely by her doctor.

Here's a link I found describing uterus abnormalities.

Best wishes to your friend.
I've never heard of that before--the closest thing I've heard of is bicornuate uterus, where instead of being the normal pear-shape, it has two "horns." I would imagine this might make your friend's pregnancy high-risk and she is probably being monitored more closely by her doctor.

Here's a link I found describing uterus abnormalities.

Best wishes to your friend.
Originally Posted by sarah42
Thanks. I looked it up and it sounds like she has a unicornuate uterus.

I imagine that it is high risk. I read that she would be at increased risk for preterm labor, uterine rupture, things like that. I know she wants to do have a doula and try to do a natural childbirth.

Pixie, I haven't had a chance to talk with her in detail about it yet so I'm not sure what her doctor said. I'm really excited that she got pregnant--she was trying for three years. I really hope she is able to have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.

Never heard of this particular condition, but my mother had one of her ovaries removed because of some kind of growth before I was born. So she had me with just one ovary.
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Does anyone know of similar cases?

Sure, but every case is going to be different, depending on many factors. Women with all sorts of uterine malformations have managed to have babies. The medical research is full of crazy examples. That doesn't do a whole lot for your friend though because no two uterine defects are exactly alike. She's probably going to have to be watched closely by a maternal/fetal specialist, not just a plain old OB. I would imagine her chances for c-sec are a lot higher than the average woman (and you know how high they are).

I have an old friend from high school who described her uterus to me as "half". She managed to have 2 children, but didn't carry past 32 weeks with either of them. She had a lot of complications, but all worked out well in the end. I wish your friend well. Update us if you can.
Does anyone know of similar cases?

Sure, but every case is going to be different, depending on many factors. Women with all sorts of uterine malformations have managed to have babies. The medical research is full of crazy examples. That doesn't do a whole lot for your friend though because no two uterine defects are exactly alike. She's probably going to have to be watched closely by a maternal/fetal specialist, not just a plain old OB. I would imagine her chances for c-sec are a lot higher than the average woman (and you know how high they are).

I have an old friend from high school who described her uterus to me as "half". She managed to have 2 children, but didn't carry past 32 weeks with either of them. She had a lot of complications, but all worked out well in the end. I wish your friend well. Update us if you can.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Thanks RCW. What you say about each case being different, etc., is pretty much what I thought. It's good to hear that your friend's pregnancies turned out ok in the end.

Thanks everyone for their well wishes for my friend.

My sister's friend has 'half' a uterus. I forget the name of the condition, but she also only has one kidney.

She has two healthy children. The first one was conceived through IVF, but the second one was conceived naturally. I know she was seeing a 'high risk' doctor, but everything was fine with both pregnancies.

I'll call my sister to find out more details.
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