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I am 16 weeks pregnant with my first baby. I have been diagnosed with having a bicornuate uterus. My Ob/Gyn has informed me of my higher than normal risk of preterm labor. I am trying to get information from mothers who have this condition and how far along they carried the baby? I am terrified of having a very premature baby.
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Hi! I also have a bicornuate uterus. I'm glad to talk to another mama who has this as well, because honestly I've never met anyone IRL who does.

I went full-term with DS. He was born on his due date! I was also told I'd be at a higher risk for preterm labor but it never happened. I never even had any PTL symptoms. DS was, however, breech. I had an emergency c-section because he was feet first when I went into labor. I found out that breech is MUCH more common than PTL in women with bicornuate uteri. In fact, appx. 65% of all babies are breech when the woman enters labor!

I've done TONS of research about it, so here's what I know... (besides the breech risk). Lots of the risk factors depend on how extreme your bicornuate symptoms are. Like, is your uterus fully divided in two? Or do you just have a "heart-shaped" uterus, with a small septum at the top? (That's what mine is.) I could see it on the ultrasound at 5 months -- it just looked like two little lobes at the top, but not extreme. The more pronounced your septum is, the more likely you are to have PTL issues, issues with fertility, placental issues, or miscarriage risk, from what I have heard. It would be good for you to know exactly what your uterus looks like. I had the ultrasound tech draw me a picture! Also, at 9 months, the ultrasound tech could not even tell I had a bicornuate uterus. He said the septum was so squished up that he couldn't see it.

Also, apparently BCU is actually fairly common as far as uterine abnormalities go. I think up to 10% of women have some variance of it... some don't even ever know!

Sooo, I'm now pregnant with #2, and worried about having another breech baby. Actually I'm worried that the shape of my uterus will cause me to have ANY baby breech. I wonder if that's just the way they fit. I'm seeing a chiropractor who specializes in the Webster technique, and I'm doing lots of optimum fetal positioning things. My midwife said they may try a version on me if this baby is breech at the end, but from what I've read it's risky to do one on a bicornuate uterus.

Anyway, hope that helps. I'll be keeping up with this thread to see if anyone else responds. YOu can also PM me if you want.

Don't stress too much about PTL. Unless your uterus is very abnormal, I think the risk is pretty small, even with bicornuate uterus.

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Hi Ashley,

I too have a bicornuate uterus. And it was detected in an ultrasound 3 months back. So I visited my Gaenac, who suggested a laproscopy for a detailed investigation, but I concieved before I could go for it. Now I have been ordered complete bed rest for 4 months atleast. I have also been having slight spotting from the day i discovered my pregnancy (in the 5th week), a couple of days back. I am a bit worried about that, do have any sugegstions, or advice. All reports show that the baby is healthy, and I just hope that my uterus does not create problems for my baby.

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Hi! I am about 5 weeks pregnant and I am very curious and nervous about it as I have a bicornuate uterus. I am going for a USG tom. and I will know how it would be very soon!!
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Hello I also have a bicornuate uterus. No luck getting pregnant yet but my Dr. did say it was possible. His said based on my degree of it being split into two I would be considered more high risk and may have to have a schedule c section a little early depending on how much room the baby had. Again this was just to get me aware that there was a possibility but nothing would be decided until we could see how things were going.
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I have a friend that has a bicornate uterus. She was treated high-risk, but in the end she ended up with a nice normal vaginal birth!!

Good luck to you both, I hope that you are also able to have happy healthy pregnancies!
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I am 16 weeks pregnant with my first baby. I have been diagnosed with having a bicornuate uterus. My Ob/Gyn has informed me of my higher than normal risk of preterm labor. I am trying to get information from mothers who have this condition and how far along they carried the baby? I am terrified of having a very premature baby.
I am pregnant with number four. My last three babies were carried to 38, 38, and 36 weeks. There is a list on yahoo called Mullerian Anomalies that can give you all kinds of great info.

You are at risk of having a premature baby, position and the severity of your anomaly will play the biggest factors, plus placement of the placenta.

Let me know if you have any questions!
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Sooo, I'm now pregnant with #2, and worried about having another breech baby. Actually I'm worried that the shape of my uterus will cause me to have ANY baby breech. I wonder if that's just the way they fit. I'm seeing a chiropractor who specializes in the Webster technique, and I'm doing lots of optimum fetal positioning things. My midwife said they may try a version on me if this baby is breech at the end, but from what I've read it's risky to do one on a bicornuate uterus.

Ashley
PLEASE can I Beg you not to do a version on a bicornuate uterus. Plus any OB who knowingly does one that has been cut on before is nuts! I had a version without knowing my uterine condition and it landed me in the OR as an emergency csection. Also your risk of rupture is also increased if your uterus is deformed. I've read it ranging from 3-20%. Definitely stick with Websters and if it doesnt work, just feel blessed with your healthy baby!

Actually I would prefer for this baby to be breech. My last one went head down and it was extremely painful, the top of my uterus where the septum was felt like it was ripping. My youngest son was vertex but in a weird way, his shoulder actually presented against my cervix. They had a hard time getting him out for the csection because of his position. My first baby was transverse, the main part of her body was in the right horn, and her legs hooked around the septum -- I looked pretty lopsided. These last three pregnancies though have all occurred on the left side (my smaller side) which appears to not been problematic.
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Hello all,

I've just had an ultrasound at 7 weeks and told it looks like I may have a bicornuate uterus. They won't be able to tell much more until 20 weeks with another ultrasound. It's hard not to know. So I guess I don't have much to add to this thread, but just wanted to say hello. Thanks for the information from those who have experienced this, and it's great to see some success stories!

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My mom had a bicornate uterus (with a septum), and here I am after 43 weeks gestation. 9+ pounds, too.

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Thank you, so good to hear!

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I have a bocorniate/septate uterus. These actually are different things. My RE tested and felt this was septate. I had a resection in 2004 because my septum was huge and there was no way I could grow a baby in there. The septum was also painfully stretching my uterus, but I did nto realize this until after the resection.

PLEASE have your doctor monitor very closly for IUGR. I had this and had to have a c/s at 34 weeks. My dd was 34 weeks, but was developmentally and size wise 29 weeks.

After my c/s my uterus was found to be acarnate, or heart shaped. My ob feels that I do have a bicorniate uterus, not just a septate one. The RE could not have known by the MRI, which showed a septate one, or the lap. She saw it once she lifted my uterus out to sew it up.

The true way to non-invasivly diagnose a septate versus bocirniate uterus is an MRI. Too many things are not able to be seen on a u/s. However in my case the MRI clearly showed a septum (textbook). And on actual visualization of the entire uterus, it was clear it was bicorniate.

I too spotted at 5 weeks. At first this was thought to be cervical, but after the IUGR and all other complications, we know this is placental. My placenta looked normal on the surface, but the patholgy report was very telling. It was very near failing.

I know a lot about this disorder, so ask away.

Anyone else also have PCOS? I do.

After my seputum resection, my RE told me I had a 50/50 chance of being able to deliver vaginally. He said I may or may not go into labor, if I do I may or may not deliver, or I would fail to progress and have a c/s. DD was born by scheduled c/s due to her IUGR. As a PP has mentioned, as I have a deformed uterus, I am at a high rupture rate, and all future babies will be born by scheduled c/s.

Please do not have a version, that could hurt the baby. If the baby is stuck in one of the horns, all that pushing could really hurt the spine/head.
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Hi Wendy!

I am glad you posted. Our uteri sound similar. In my last three full term (well 38, 38 and 36 week) pregnancies I had no problems with IUGR or placental issues. This time it looks like I may be facing some of those issues. I have been feeling all along this pregnancy was different but I was baseing that on the fact it was unplanned.
Right now my baby is measuring about 3 weeks behind my LMP. I have had some conflicting US, but my last two have shown slown growth. I have another one Jan. 15 and we will see where babe it at and I will discuss with my OB what the game plan is. I also have a low lying anterior placenta. Not cool when your uterus has been cut three previous times!

My uterus is heart shaped with a septum but its "slight" and not complete down the middle. I've never had surgery to correct it, mainly because I did have a full term pregnancy with a 7lb baby. I am considered a habitual aborter but I have not had a miscarriage in 7 years. I too have PCOS, and my cervix has issues too.

I want to know all about your placenta. Where was it located? What did they find wrong with it? When did you begin seeing the IUGR?

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Hi, another mama with a bicornuate uterus here. I also had a grapefruit sized fibroid and I carried the baby to 39 weeks with a scheduled C-Section. I was so worried about the baby, but it all worked out fine.
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If I remember correctly the placenta was posterior the entire time.

I spotted at 5 weeks 6 days, (Measured by ultrasound). At the time it was thought to be cervical, but we now belive this was placental. At delivery the placenta looked normal, but there were microscopic issues seen on the pathology exam. digging.... it's here somewhere. I'll post when I find it.

My APF was off the charts high when I had the test done at 15 weeks. We got the results back at 17 weeks, then had our first peri appointment at 18 weeks. Sydney measured 16 weeks 5 days at that time. I had every other week level II ultrasounds from then on. DD kept growing but the gap kept getting larger. She plateaued from week 32 to 34 and was delivered at 34 weeks. They believe this was all connected - that the spotting lead to the super high AFP, that the spotting was the first sign of placental insufficency which lead to the IUGR.

My Ob believes that inital implantation took place at the top, where the septum resection occured. It migrated the the back, which was the best spot I suppose.

The low lying placenta is not cool with surgeries. Hopefully it will migrate.

I have had a suspected miscarraige, but it was not confirmed. I had no cervix issues. My amniotic fluid was fairly low the entire time.

I did not ovulate, then I lost 30 pounds and got pregnant the first cycle off th pill. It was actually good I spotted when I did, as we got a very accurate measurment for dating purposes. From my LMP, I was a week behind when I should have ovulated.

My septum was very huge, and after it was removed I realized it had been causing me low level pain constantly.

Good luck. When I find my reports I'll post that. I could only find the u/s report from 18 weeks today.
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I just found out my maternal grandmother had this. It was unknown until a hysterectomy. She delivered two healthy babies full-term and one preemie. I'm not sure how premature he was, but all were born in the 1940s and he ended up being fine. (and grew up to be a brilliant and highly-regarded doctor)
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Hi! On an encouraging note I have recently been diagnosed with a bicornuate uterus and have 2 children the first was prem at 35 weeks and the second delivered by C section on the day she was due.

However they were both breech and although I had a retained placenta with the first (so needed an operation just after vaginal delivery) and then had a C section with the second, they did not notice my unusual shaped womb. We decided to try for a 3rd child and sadly lost a baby at 14 weeks and then a baby recently at 22 weeks. Just before this at my 20 week scan they noticed that I had a bicornuate uterus. However they did not seem too concerned about it because I had delivered 2 babies already and simply mentioned that they would need to monitor the babies growth. But I was not booked for another scan for another 7 weeks!!

We are going for a follow up appointment with the conslultant soon to see if they can give any reasons for our babies death. Having now looked on the internet I am aware that the risks of PTL are higher and I really want to know what I need to ask them about my uterus and the possibility of having another baby. Here in the UK we have a free medical service but I do feel that they are quite relaxed in their approach. From reading on the internet in the US they automatically class this as a high risk pregnancy and order bed rest etc if necessary. We would love to try for another child. Nothing can replace our beautiful son but there is such a big empty hole in our lives now.

So does anyone have any advice for what to ask at the consultants appointment re bicornuate uteruses. Also I still don't fully understand the difference between septate and bicornuate. I am probably being really dense, but it would really help to understand this before I go.

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Hi! On an encouraging note I have recently been diagnosed with a bicornuate uterus and have 2 children the first was prem at 35 weeks and the second delivered by C section on the day she was due.

However they were both breech and although I had a retained placenta with the first (so needed an operation just after vaginal delivery) and then had a C section with the second, they did not notice my unusual shaped womb. We decided to try for a 3rd child and sadly lost a baby at 14 weeks and then a baby recently at 22 weeks. Just before this at my 20 week scan they noticed that I had a bicornuate uterus. However they did not seem too concerned about it because I had delivered 2 babies already and simply mentioned that they would need to monitor the babies growth. But I was not booked for another scan for another 7 weeks!!

We are going for a follow up appointment with the consultant soon to see if they can give any reasons for our babies death. Having now looked on the internet I am aware that the risks of PTL are higher and I really want to know what I need to ask them about my uterus and the possibility of having another baby. Here in the UK we have a free medical service but I do feel that they are quite relaxed in their approach. From reading on the internet in the US they automatically class this as a high risk pregnancy and order bed rest etc if necessary. We would love to try for another child. Nothing can replace our beautiful son but there is such a big empty hole in our lives now.

So does anyone have any advice for what to ask at the consultants appointment re bicornuate uteruses. Also I still don't fully understand the difference between septate and bicornuate. I am probably being really dense, but it would really help to understand this before I go.

Thanks
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I hope things went well with your pregnancy. I also have a bicornuate uterus. It was found after I miscarried at 10 weeks in 1999. I got pregnant in 2005 and immediately sought a high-risk specialist. Dr. Sehdev took great care of me. He checked my cervix every two weeks to make sure it wasn't incompetent. I delievered my daughter at 34 weeks, but now she is 20 months and happy and healthy!!

And don't be surprised if your baby has clubbed feet. My daughter did, but they are straightening otu on her own. She walked late because of it, but now I can't keep up with her she walks so fast :
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Another Bicorneated uterus here! 5 babies, 3 vaginal two c\s and one rupture!

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I have a unicornuate uterus (just one side), but from what I gather, seems like breech/premature labor is common with both issues.

My OB isn't treating me THAT differently, but he did do several u/s cervical checks throughout my first and second trimesters and, now that I'm in my third, he'll be doing one every two weeks or so. Not fun, but probably a far better thing than premature labor, I'm thinking.

He did say that breech was very common in mullerian issues. He offered to do a version if that were the case, but refused to deliver me vaginally if the baby is breech. That's the most frightening thing for me thus far about this pregnancy (besides loss)- I really don't want a c/s. A version is not really a great option since I do have the uterine issue and since my placenta is anterior. So we're going to try Webster's technique and anything else non-medical and just hope.

But yeah, I would say that working with a high risk OB has been invaluable to me. He and I get along well and I get great care since he's seen quite a few bicornuate and unicornuate uterus cases in his career, which is odd since they aren't that common.

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I also have a bicornuate uterus.. I found out during the pregnancy of my second child. They did not seem all that worried about it at the time. My first child was born on her due date at 6lb 4oz, vaginally and naturally. I did not know with her. My second was born a couple of days before her due date and she was also vaginal and natural and 7lb 12oz. I am not pregnant with my third and am planning a home birth. However i am having alot of fear this time that i never felt before. We had alot of issues in the beginning. I started spotting about 6 weeks or so and thought i was miscarring. then it slowed. Then one day we were out and i had a gush of fluid and was sure the miscarrage had finally began. When i never passed a clot i went in for an ultrasound and we saw a healthy baby on the ultrasound. I was hoping for as little interventions during this pregnancy as possible (i really dont want any more ultrasounds) I think that i had an empty sack that i lost. Any way this pregnancy feels different to me and that scares me. This baby is on the left and i dont remember feeling quite so one sided with the last two. My biggest fear is a breech baby and a c/s. Anyway I will e talking more about this with my homebirth midwife, and hope for everything to go like my girls have.
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My mom has a septate uterus and has three kids. All born at term and I was a vaginally delivered breech.

I had a friend who has bicornuate uterus and ended up pregnant at 2 separate times, one in each uterus. She went into early labor with both when they were both just over 5 lbs. Her uterus just couldn't stretch much more.
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Hi everyone! I am about 5 weeks pregnant (give or take a couple of days because I am unsure of when I O'd exactly) and I started spotting a tint tiny bit on Saturday. I probably would have not even noticed, but I have been extremely paranoid with this pregnancy because I had a miscarriage 4 months ago. I went to the ER Saturday night and my HCG was at 890. They did an u/s and found the baby measuring 2mm so I was very relieved. However, I was diagonosed with a bicornuate uterus which scared me to death. I had never heard of it and have been trying to read everything I can to better understand this. I am still very worried because I have read some positive things and then some very negative things. I am trying not to worry, but it is hard. I still have a little bit of spotting which I only notice on the TP, its never enough to even make it to my underware. I feel hopeful reading your stories. My question is...for those of you who experienced light spotting, how long did it last?
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I also forgot to add that the Dr's found the baby on the left side of my uterus which frightens me. I have no idea if that is a good spot or not. I have an appt with a new OB/GYN this Thursday and I'm hoping they can put my mind at ease a little. I am so nervous about miscarriage. I can handle possible pre-term labor and C-sections. I am just scared to death I will loose my little bean!
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Hi, another septate uterus here. Mine was heart shaped with a thick septum & most of it has been repaired. I had no trouble when I got pregnant, although I had to get a C-sec for another reason.

The baby liked to hang out on one side of my uterus for the first part of my pregnancy. They said it might have been due to the left over part of the septum, but it wasn't an issue. Best of luck to you all!
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Hello,

I just found out I have a bicornuate uterus. I am encouraged by the responses I have read because my initial internet search scared me very much! An internet medical journal said I'd have a 4 times greater chance of having a baby with congenital anomalies (defects). Have any of you heard of someone with this diagnosis actually have a baby with major defects or mental retardation?
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I had a miscarriage about 6 months ago, followed by a D & C and was never told I had a bicornuate uterus. Now I am 9 weeks pregnant again and had bright red bleeding a couple of weeks ago for about 12 hours. Then, a few days later I had bright red bleeding for almost 24 hours. I just came back from my third vaginal U/S which shows a healthy baby with a fast (normal) heart rate and no further evidence of bleeding. From my experience spotting does not mean you won't have a healthy baby.
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okay so I just joined this site because I found this thread---and I want to say thank you to everyone's help, etc

I am pregnant with my second child---19 wks--just found out I have a septate uterus in the ultrasound---my 1st son was born 39 wks---and he was 9'4"!!!! ---I had no problems getting pregnant with either.

I could see that my uterus was split in two---but the part where my little girl is residing is a little bit bigger (maybe 2/3rd to 1/3rd?!) I have a couple questions---a lady that psoted a long time ago seemed to know ALOT and I don't even think my doctors know very much---I am scared that they won't take it seriously---I want to be safe and careful---here are some of my questions---

because my first son was 9'4" did that maybe stretch out my uterus so that I should be fine?
with a uterus (with a wall in the middle) ---it's possible for me to get pregnant on eaither side? two at a time?

okay so my daugher's measure ments---the head was exactly on-----the tummy was like a week ahead---the femar was 1 1/2 weeks small! could this be a sign of not enough nutrients because of this abnormality?!!! or should I only be worried about a small abdomin?

okay---so it only looks to be in half--does this mean I do NOT have a bocirniate unterus or is it common to not be able to tell in an ultrasound?

I have pain all day---my baby is only .5 lb---why is there pain already?

I have so many fears--mainly that my doctors won't do enough and something will go wrong---any ideas on how to find a doctor who knows a lot about this? would I just have to call them all myself? thanks for any help!
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It's so good to find this thread! I'm 8w with my first pregnancy, and at an ultrasound a week ago, the mw said "Has anybody ever told you you have an unusual uterus?" She said I had a uterine septum, but it sounds like it could have been bicornuate and they wouldn't have been able to tell for sure? Fortunately my lovely emby didn't implant on the septum, and everything looks to be on schedule, but I'm nervous about what it will mean for late pregnancy and delivery...
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