A 32-year-old woman who was born with two vaginas is now pregnant. Her pregnancy has continued to baffle her doctors, as she had been told that it would be impossible for her to have children.
Her vaginas lay right next to the other.
Doctors said Krista Schwab would never get pregnant because of complications caused by her rare condition called uterus didelphys.
The horse trainer, who was diagnosed when she was 12, has two vaginas, two cervixes and two wombs.
But as she considered IVF, she suddenly discovered to her amazement that she was expecting.
Krista, from Washington, USA, said: “After being diagnosed with uterine didelphys at 12 years old, I knew I had two uteruses and two cervixes.
“But when I was 30, I found out that I also have two vaginas that are side by side. I always felt the separate sections during intercourse and smear tests, but I just thought that feeling was a normal thing every woman had.
“For so many years, my husband and I cried, prayed and dreamed of having a child. We both had so many breakdowns because we wanted one so much.
“After probably 1,000 negative pregnancy tests, it got to the point where I gave up wishing anymore.
“Last December, I put on weight; so I bought my billionth pregnancy test which my husband and I thought was just now a waste of money.
“I normally pray and hope while I wait, but this time, I lost all hope and didn’t bother. Then I saw it – it was positive. I hit the floor crying.”
Aged just 13, doctors had warned Krista that she could never have children. Then, two years ago, she learned she also had two vaginas as part of the condition.
She added: “It was a massive shock, especially for my husband! Doctors and I couldn’t see it because it was too far inside.
“Sex is extremely sensitive and can hurt – it affects my sex life and my self-confidence.”
She suffered two miscarriages as her and husband Courtney, 33, gave up hope of a child.
“However my husband and I joke around about it all the time.
“I actually got pregnant when I was 15 and 20, but I had miscarriages for both.
“When I met my husband at 20 years old, I told him I couldn’t have kids. So, the whole time I’ve been together with my husband, we didn’t use protection.”
Krista is now five months pregnant and expecting a baby boy, which is growing in her left womb.
Most women with uterine didelphys have to have C-section, but Krista is hopeful she might not need one.
She added: “Because of my two vaginas, the baby will have to come down the left side vagina.
“Doctors think I’ll have to have a C-section, but I’m dreaming of a natural water birth.
“It’s incredible because doctors still don’t understand it. The fact that I’m pregnant on the left side and it’s impossible for the egg to get there.
“I am scared that he will get stuck, one vagina is much smaller, if they were both one vagina it’d be a normal size.
“Ten years of trying to have a baby, it just happened. I want women with uterine didelphys to never let anyone tell them miracles can’t happen, because they do.”
Dr. Nick Raine-Fenning, spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said: “The uterus forms in-utero by the fusion of two tubes, which are called the Mullerian ducts.”