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Bicornuate Uterus - anyone else??

(30 Posts)
Bumbolina Sat 23-Mar-13 23:23:51

Just wondered, I know they aren't that common but I have one. Already have a 2yr old dd and am pregnant again.
It had no effect whatsoever on my first pregnancy apart from the fact she was all squished onto one side. I'm really hoping I'm as lucky this time hmm

JumpHerWho Sat 23-Mar-13 23:29:12

Yep, well heart shaped uterus here smile so similar! Didn't know until I was very late in pregnancy with DS, he was breech and didn't have room to turn so CS for us. Going to start trying again soon for a second but worried as high risk of miscarriage, wasn't worried last time as didn't know confused

5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Sat 23-Mar-13 23:31:41

I don't but I have a friend who does, no probs first preg tho baby born at 36wks and was small.

Second preg was ended in miscarriage but in first trimester so unrelated to uterous.

Third preg was difficult and baby was premature by ten weeks, there are growth restriction issues and she was closely monitered. Baby is now a very healthy 6 yr old smile

Bumbolina Sat 23-Mar-13 23:40:43

It is good to hear positive experiences with this - so much on the internet is doom and gloom regarding this!!
My first pregnancy was a mmc (twins - apparently having a bc uterus puts you at a higher chance of have multiples).
Most of the consultants I've seen since having my dd have been slightly surprised I had a pretty normal experience. The only issue was a retained placenta - my dd had kicked it right up into the horn, and it was completely wedged! Gave me the opportunity while the surgeon was removing it to ask about the severity of my uterus though (a lot of people - parents included - thought I was being a bit dramatic when stating the risks) and he said that it was really very much in two!
I'm a bit concerned with this pregnancy as I always felt my dd on the right hand side, and this time I feel it very much on my left. I know that the left horn isn't as big - but wondering if it will mean that baby will turn breech.
Must stop pondering and wait for the scan hmm!

Bumbolina Sat 23-Mar-13 23:42:28

I should probably add that I went to 40+6 with dd and she was 8lb despite being told she would probably only be around 5-6lb grin

rhondajean Sat 23-Mar-13 23:45:11

Me! Bordering on uterus didelphys - septate womb and vagina.

Dd1 was 3 weeks early and dd2 2 months, she was a bug baby for gestation. I was told I may never carry to term or viability - I had grim pregnancies but two healthy girls, 8 and 13 now.

rhondajean Sat 23-Mar-13 23:47:20

Oh I was in my right side with both pregnancies - which I think is smaller and dd2 was footling breech, had a c section but it was all fine.

5 pounds 10 and 4 pounds 10 grin

rhondajean Sat 23-Mar-13 23:48:37

And please remember technically you can get pregnant again in the other side if that ovary ovulated!

Bumbolina Sat 23-Mar-13 23:49:11

I'm amazed at how quickly (at this time of night) there have been responses to this. Doctors, sonographers and midwives always acted as though they'd hardly ever seen it when I was pregnant!

Bumbolina Sat 23-Mar-13 23:52:50

Rhondajean - do you think right side is generally smaller or just for you?

rhondajean Sat 23-Mar-13 23:53:25

I was a minor celebrity in our hospital! Drew crowds for a peer up my chuff...

Only bad experience was a twat if a doctor trying to move dd1s head to the other cervix while I was in labour. Er no you fuck wit there's flesh in the way and that hurts unbelievably...

rhondajean Sat 23-Mar-13 23:54:18

Sorry - just for me, bizarrely I always get period cramps in the left not right, I think it's bigger and broken grin

rhondajean Sat 23-Mar-13 23:54:55

Google mullerian anomalies - there's groups etc online.

Bumbolina Sun 24-Mar-13 00:10:20

I always enjoy it when the sonohrapher first has a look and says "oooo did you know you have a bicornuate uterus?!" I suspect we add a nice bit of variety to their day!
I will google - thanks grin

rhondajean Sun 24-Mar-13 00:14:35

Be warned - there are a lot if sad stories.

But one successful pregnancy means you are more likely to have another, you have room etc. there's a risk if the placenta attaches to the septum apparently. It's rather fun to be different though - and the care they take if you is exceptional!

CointreauVersial Sun 24-Mar-13 00:16:53

rhonda - you have two cervixes?

<boggles>

rhondajean Sun 24-Mar-13 00:24:53

Double smear test. It's a joy explaining that every time.

nooka Sun 24-Mar-13 05:44:58

I was told I had a bicornate uterus when I had ds (c-section for transverse oblique lie), but weirdly when I had dd (also c-section) 16 months later my uterus was 'normal'. Last time I had a smear the nurse told me that my cervix was an odd shape - she drew me a little picture and it looked sort of like a wishbone.

My consultant first time around told me to get an ultrasound for further investigation as apparently sometimes people with bicornate uteri (or uteruses?) only have one kidney. But I didn't follow it up because I was too confused!

Bumbolina Sun 24-Mar-13 07:33:39

I've heard that too (about the kidney). The doctor never seemed that concerned though... but I do wonder if that's because he doesn't know very much about it!

Stiggley Sun 24-Mar-13 08:59:35

I have a bu. Dd1 was a c section at 39 weeks. Expecting dc2. Both babies on right hand side and probably breech.

Dd1 was 6lb.

Incidently my mum has same thing and had 5 kids. I was conceived in smaller horn and 2 months early and only weighed 1lb. But that was 39 years ago. Medicine has moved on.

I am under lots of consultant care but so far so good. Don't use dr google - scary!

rhondajean Sun 24-Mar-13 10:03:54

Interesting about the kidney! At one point they thought from ultrasound I had three kidneys, one very small, and a septate bladder, but I never asked again, didn't really want more poking and prodding if I could avoid it.

Bumbolina Sun 24-Mar-13 10:07:31

3! Greedy! If I've only got one can I have one of yours??

rhondajean Sun 24-Mar-13 10:25:04

With pleasure! It's a bit bizarre not really knowing what's inside you isn't it?

mawbroon Sun 24-Mar-13 10:32:44

I didn't discover that I have a bicornuate uterus until the surgeon doing DS1's CS told me. DS1 was breech, totally wedged into one side of the heart shape. I was lying in the theatre and the surgeon was drawing diagrams on the whiteboard!

I worried a lot about ds2's position when I was pregnant, even more so when I broke my ankle because the thought of another CS whilst on crutches was not a good one! In the end, he turned and I had a VBAC.

nooka Sun 24-Mar-13 17:20:16

My ds was all squished - his head was sort of triangular for months and years (luckily his curly hair hid it) and for the first few weeks one side was much weaker than the other. Poor baby! dd was totally fine though, I assume she implanted somewhere different and stretched my womb in a different way.

lirael Sun 24-Mar-13 17:29:29

I have a heart shaped uterus - not sure it qualifies as fully bicornate, although the word was bandied about during my second pg. Had two miscarriages (7 and 17 weeks) before giving birth to DS1 at 36 weeks, but I was 38 and 39 when I had the mcs, so higher risk anyway. Had DS2 16 months later, 10 days early. Both 6 pounders. DS1's head used to fall to one side for ages and he found it difficult to straighten his neck, but it righted in time. No idea if this was related or not - could have been low muscle tone as he's since been diagnosed with dyspraxia

JumpHerWho Sun 24-Mar-13 19:11:14

Wow there are loads of us! smile I thought I was unique <huffs>

During my CS, there was loads of yanking and pulling after DS was out - the placenta was apparently stuck to the septum, the surgeon kept trying to explain to me but I was woozy and nauseous and couldn't really understand. Have since been scanned and they've had a good poke around - they said they could operate, but would only do so if I had repeated miscarriages this time round.

Bumbolina Sun 24-Mar-13 19:43:56

I think I'm going to get my birth notes and have a read through before I have baby no2. Only problem is it costs £50! Should really have ordered them earlier...

racmun Tue 26-Mar-13 22:03:03

I've got a bicornuate uterus and was advised that I could probably never carry a child full term. It's really divided.
Anyway I have one ds who is 2.5 and have just found out I pregnant again.
My ds1 was born 6 weeks early and like other posters the placenta didn't come away and had to be surgically removed. My ds1 was always on my right side, along with the placenta but he did manage to turn and I had him naturally
I had read stuff on the Internet and asked my consultant regarding miscarriages and she assured me that I wasn't a higher risk although it didn't reassure me.I think it depends where it has implanted and how good the blood supply is.

I Promised myself I wasn't 't going to worry myself sick this time but the fact I'm on this post it's started again.....

Good luck everyone

MrsB00Mbastic Sat 11-May-13 16:23:05

I just had a bu diagnosed today in the course of fertility investigations. I don't know 'how' divided it is and won't see the consultant until late June to discuss it, so am just busily scaring myself silly. It's nice to see success stories on here as I had a mc last year and over a year of infertility since, so the news upset me quite a bit, especially after a session with Dr Google! Hopefully it won't stop us having a baby one day..

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