1st Trimester

Anyone else told they have a heart shaped uterus or bicornuate uterus ?

I was told at my first ultrasound at 8 weeks that I have a bicornuate uterus.  My dr didn't say much that night except it was rare and I have a higher chance of going into early labor.  But, recently I started reading about it online and got really scared. Anyone have this or known anything about it?  Should I be worried?

Re: Anyone else told they have a heart shaped uterus or bicornuate uterus ?

  • I was. One of my midwives tried to freak me out, saying it raises my odds for baby being breech, and for needing a c-section. I talked to another doctor, and he said it's not true at all. He also said it's super common, one of the most common uterus shapes overall. So, I wouldn't worry, until there is an actual reason. And STOP GOOGLING. It does nothing but freak you out. =)
  • I don't have one but a friend of mine does.  Correct me if I'm wrong but I think I remember her saying that the problem is more in getting pregnant than being pregnant b/c the uterus changes shape as the baby grows anyway.....

    Was I only 1/2 listening to her? lolol

  • I have uterine didelphys, which was always misdiagnosed as bicornuate uterus. Most with UD, usually have 2 utes, 2 cervices, and 2 vaginas. I don't have two vaginas, but I have 2 of everything else. Mine is heart shaped too, so that's why it was always diagnosed as BU.

    When you have a uterine anomaly,  you need to be seen by a specialist who knows what they are dealing with. PP is correct- most women have a problem with getting pregnant and having several miscarriages. My doctor (RE) said it's the other way for me; he thinks the baby will run out of room around 15-20 weeks. Most people with BU can have their septum removed. I cannot. 

    I've read so many successful stories of women who've had healthy babies with BU. Most women don't even know they have a bu until they give birth! 

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  • BTW- you can post this on the high-risk sight-- there are a few more ladies over there. There's also a yahoo group on your situation! 
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  • I found out when I delivered my son that I have a bicornuate uterus. My son was breech from about 20 weeks on and couldn't turn, I ended up having to have a c-section. I thought it was just a fluke, but when my OB did my c-section that is when we (he) realized that I actually have a bicornuate ute. He didn't seem to worried about it. He told me that women will sometimes have trouble getting or staying pregnant and that many women face problems with delivery (preterm delivery, breech babies, etc).

    I had a totally successful, noneventful pregnancy with my son and I carried him to 38 weeks. I also got PG with him on the first cycle trying. With this baby it took 5 cycles. I am hoping for another successful pregnancy. I see my Dr on Monday so I will talk to them about my concerns now that we know I have this abnormal shaped uterus.

    btw, STOP looking online. I did that too and it TOTALLY freaked me out!

  • My aunt has BU and while she did have trouble getting pregnant, she eventually concieved naturally and had a completely normal and healthy pregnancy, delivery, and baby. Her pregnancy was textbook, no problems. Her doctor said they would treat it normally until it proved otherwise, and it never did. So unless your doc makes a big deal about it, dont worry so much or get a second opinion if it gives you piece of mind. And STOP GOOGLING! :)

    Cloth diapering, VBAC, BF & FF, AP momma to two 2 and under. Special needs - DS born with clubfoot and diastrophic dysplasia (dwarfism)
  • Thank you and best wishes to you !
  • Thank you everybody.  I feel much better.  I am not going to search online at all anymore.  May we all have a heathly babies!
  • DH and I have a friend who has this condition. I think some of it depends on how pronounced the heart shape is... ANd to support what several others have said - her problem has been getting and staying pregnant... She has had lots of miscarriages. But she has a 1.5 year old daughter who is in perfect health and adorable.. She was treated as a high-risk pregnancy until a certain point in her pregnancy and then they turned her back over to her regular ob.. I do think she went into labor early (4-6 wks maybe?). But all was okay. I'm sure it's scary to go through though. But again, I think it depends on how pronounced the shape is. Hers is apparently pretty pronounced.
    -K
    Mom to 3 girls ages 2, 4 & 6!
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  • I have a unicornuate uterus. It's more rare than a bicornuate. I delivered my daughter at 34 weeks 3 days and she weighed 6lb 4oz. I am currently 9.5 weeks preggo with baby #2. There are support groups on yahoo for Mullerian anomalies if you're interested.
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