Krista Schwab, 32, has two vaginas, cervixes, and wombs. Diagnosed with a rare condition called uterus didelphys when she was just 12 years old, Schwab had been told she would never be able to conceive. After suffering two miscarriages, she and her husband Courtney, 33, had essentially given up any hope of ever having a child naturally–but they still dreamed about having a miracle baby.
Now, that dream is coming true.
“For so many years my husband and I cried, prayed and dreamed of having a child. We both had so many breakdowns because we wanted one so much,” Schwab said, according to Daily Mail. “After probably 1,000 negative pregnancy tests, it got to the point where I gave up wishing anymore.”
Remarkably, last December, Schwab realized her clothes felt tight. She bought another pregnancy test, but didn’t pin much hope on the situation–and then she and her husband got the shock of their lives. Schwab is now five months pregnant and expecting a baby boy, which is growing in her left womb–despite the fact that it’s the side of her body that does not release eggs.
‘It’s incredible because doctors still don’t understand it. The fact that I’m pregnant on the left side and it’s impossible for the egg to get there,” she said.
Of her rare condition, Krista says she never knew anything different.
“I always felt the separate sections during intercourse and smear tests, but I just thought that feeling was a normal thing every woman had,” she said.
According to Mayo Clinic, women with uterus didelphys experience no symptoms and can have normal sex lives, yet common complications include infertility, miscarriage, premature birth and kidney abnormalities. The condition, which affects around 0.3 percent of women, occurs when the hollow tubes of the uterus fail to join together in early development. Most women with uterine didelphys are forced to have a Caesarean section, but Krista is hopeful for a natural birth.
Our favorite part of her story (besides that sweet bundle of joy she’s expecting, of course!)? Her message to the club of other women just like her dealing with the same condition.
“Ten years of trying to have a baby, and it just happened,” she said. “I want women with uterine didelphys to never let anyone tell them miracles can’t happen, because they do.”
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