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i have this condition (100% seperation) which i know puts me into the high risk category and am wondering if there is anyone else. i have posted this question elsewhere but so far its all second hand accounts so I cant ask anyone any really direct questions fairly and expect an answer.
I go in for my first doctors aptmnt this friday and I'm hoping the family doc will agree that I need to go to a specialist because of this. is this a good call.. what do you ladies think?
I would definitely see a specialist. Your risk of premature rupture of membranes is a lot higher with a bicornate uterus and you'll need to be followed more closely than a family practitioner is usually equipped to do.
I don't have personal experience with it, but there is a mom over on the Preemies/NICU forum who does. I will let her know you're looking for someone to talk to.
I would see a specialist, or at least an OB that is used to seeing high risk patients. I know of a mom who has dealt with this too, but I have a feeling that me and Beth may be talking about the same person!
Hi there. I am the mommy that Beth was telling you about. My name is Chelsea and my miracle baby is Travis. He was born at 23 weeks 2 days due to my water breaking at 19w6d. It wasn't until my son was 18 months old that I discovered what my problem was. Unfortunately it is not exactly what you have but at first they told me that I had a bicornuate uterus. After seeing a fertility specialist it was concluded that I actually had a SEPTATE uterus.
What my fertility specialist told me was that there is usually not much they can do to repair a bicornuate uterus. She also told me that often times with the use of a cerclage and close monitoring women with bicornuate uterus' can actually have successful pregnancies. My situation was different in that I had a septum completely separating my uterus but it was all on cavity, if that makes sense. It was basically like I had two separate cavities because the septum was all the way to my cervix. It was extremely thick and large and my doctor was amazed that I ever made it as far as I did. I had surgery in June to repair the septum and it was successful. We are waiting a little bit longer to TTC but we were told that our chances of having a relatively normal pregnancy are high. I would definitely talk to your specialist about options, and see what they have to say. I know everywhere is different and I do know that there IS a surgery out there to repair bicornute uterus' but that it is a much more risky, invasive abdominal surgery. Let me know if you have any other questions and please keep me posted! Good luck!!
Wow Chelsea what an awesome story to hear about Travis...he is a miracle!!
I have no experience but I can relate to feeling alone...it is hard to find people who have had my condition or even know what it is or the feelings associated with it...I just wanted to offer you *hugs*
Anna wife to Kevin mom to Riley (7), Skyler (6), Payton (3) and Quinn (1)
I have one also, my son, Michael was born at 25 weeks and 4 days after my water broke about 36 hours prior. Since i had had to have a c section (because Michael was breech), i was able to find out right away why my water broke. Michael was 1 lb 11oz and 13 inches long and ended up being in the NICU for just under 4 months. He's now 9 1/2 months and doing amazing.
My doctor told me the same as Chelsea's... there is surgery but unless you are completely divided the surgery available to just fix a small divide isnt worth it bec/ its MAJOR surgery. I'm not a candidate for the surgery bec/ i guess mines not that bad. I'm still in the process of getting testing done but my doc is also optimistic that i can make it longer next time. He said that depending on which side of my uterus a future baby ends up on my chances are much better because each pregnancy stretches out the uterus even more.
You most definitely need to be seen by a specialist IMO and please feel free to ask me anything also
Last edited by Sam914; October 21st, 2010 at 10:16 AM.
I have 3 kids and I'm now 9 wks pregnant with my 4th and I have a bicornuate uterus that has 2 seperate chambers. All of my babies were concieved around 35-36 weeks and were all healthy. I was told at my last dr. appointment that this baby implanted on my left side of my uterus, which is much smaller than my right side which is where all my other babies implanted. So this might be a very rough pregnancy and they have already suggested the possibility of bed rest. I'm a little concerned, but hopefully it will just stretch out to accomodate the baby like the other side did for the others. Anyhoo, your not alone!