At the young age of 12, Krista Schwab – now 32 years old – was diagnosed with uterus didelphys, a rare condition with complications that indicated she would never be able to become pregnant. Krista was born with two uteruses, two vaginas and two cervixes.
Making matters more complicated, as an adult Krists found sex extremely sensitive and often painful. That struck a blow to her confidence and sexuality.
When she met her husband, then 20-year-old Krista told him that she was infertile. As a result the couple never used any type of protection. Despite warnings from her doctors, Krista and husband Courtney always prayed that someday they would have a child. The couple endured through two miscarriages and were considering IVF treatments when Krista discovered that she was pregnant.
The glowing mom-to-be remembers precisely the moment she knew. “After about 1000 negative pregnancy tests, it had gotten to the point where I gave up wishing. When I saw it, it was positive, and I hit the floor crying.”
At age 30, Krista discovered her two vaginas are side-by-side. She says that she could feel the separate sections during intercourse but thought it was a normal thing. And for her, it was. She is now 5 months into her pregnancy, carrying a baby boy growing in her left womb.
Most women with this condition give birth via c-section, but Krista has a new hope, for a natural birth. That would mean that the baby will have to come down the narrow left side of her vagina. In just a few months she’ll find out if that is possible.
Dr. Nick Raine-Fenning of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecology explained that a woman’s uterus is formed in utero by the fusion of two tubes called mullerian ducts. When the process goes wrong, it leaves two separate tubes and forms two uteri and double cervixes. These types of uterine anomalies are associated with infertility, miscarriage, and preterm delivery.
Despite the tall odds against her, Krista Schwab got her miracle. After more than a decade of trying for a baby, it seems that her dream is close to coming true.