Finding out you’re having twins is always a surprise. A mother had no idea she had ᴛᴡᴏ ᴡᴏᴍʙs until she ᴅɪsᴄᴏᴠᴇʀᴇᴅ she was ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ with twins, with one in each.
Jennifer Ashwood gave birth twins Poppy and Piran House by c-section just months after ᴅɪsᴄᴏᴠᴇʀɪɴɢ she had a ʀᴀʀᴇ ‘ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ sʜᴀᴘᴇᴅ’ ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs. The ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ, known as a ʙɪᴄᴏʀɴᴜᴀᴛᴇ ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs, ᴄᴀʀʀʏ one baby on one side. The ᴏᴅᴅs of the ᴘʜᴇɴᴏᴍᴇɴᴏɴ are 500 million to one, with Fᴇᴡᴇʀ than a ʜᴜɴᴅʀᴇᴅ ᴇxᴀᴍᴘʟᴇs ever ʀᴇᴄᴏʀᴅᴇᴅ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅᴡɪᴅᴇ, and just a handful in Britain. Jennifer and Andrew, a firefighter, found out they were expecting twins in December 2017, at their dating sᴄᴀɴ, and he proposed on New Years’ Eve. Jennifer said :” I’ve had a baby before and it was really straight forward. But my ʙᴏᴅʏ has surprised me this time. We found out at the 20 week sᴄᴀɴ and ever since people have been saying how ʀᴀʀᴇ it was “.
Dᴏᴄᴛᴏʀs revealed in February she had a ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟᴇᴛᴇ ʙɪᴄᴏʀɴᴜᴀᴛᴇ ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs with a baby in each sɪᴅᴇ. A ʙɪᴄᴏʀɴᴜᴀᴛᴇ ᴡᴏᴍʙ ɪs ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ-sʜᴀᴘᴇᴅ and women have no ᴇxᴛʀᴀ difficulties with ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇᴘᴛɪᴏɴ, but there is a sʟɪɢʜᴛʟʏ ʜɪɢʜᴇʀ ʀɪsᴋ of ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ and preterm birth . In most cases women with the ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ will only ᴄᴀʀʀʏ one baby in one ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs. Jennifer went into early ʟᴀʙᴏᴜʀ at 28 weeks, but her ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴs were sᴛᴏᴘᴘᴇᴅ with ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄɪɴᴇ, and she had a ᴄ-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ on May 6. Piran was born first at 5lb 10oz, with Poppy born minutes later weighing 5lb 3oz.
Dᴏᴄᴛᴏʀs even took a photo of Jennifer’s ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs’ ᴅᴜʀɪɴɢ sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ at her request, so she could see what it looked like. It clearly shows the ᴛᴡᴏ ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs’ with one ᴍᴇᴀsᴜʀɪɴɢ much sᴍᴀʟʟᴇʀ than the other. They had their own ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs, their own ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ sᴀᴄᴋs, and their ᴏᴡɴ ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀs. Jennifer’s said :” To have the two ᴡᴏᴍʙs is ʀᴀʀᴇ in it self, but to have an ᴇɢɢ ɪɴ ʙᴏᴛʜ, then those to be Fᴇʀᴛɪʟɪsᴇᴅ, and then for ʙᴏᴛʜ ᴇɢɢs to be in the right part … it’s a bit of ᴀ ᴍɪʀᴀᴄʟᴇ. You think you know your ʙᴏᴅʏ well, but it turns out you might not. Compared to my Fɪʀsᴛ ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ I was sɪᴄᴋ ᴍᴜᴄʜ, much more. Because it’s so ʀᴀʀᴇ to ᴄᴀʀʀʏ a baby in ᴇᴀᴄʜ ᴡᴏᴍʙ, they ᴅɪᴅɴ’ᴛ really quite know what was going to happen until they opened me up and took a look.”
Jennifer was allowed home after five days, while the twins stayed in ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ for two weeks, having ᴊᴀᴜɴᴅɪᴄᴇ ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ and Fᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ sᴜᴘᴘᴏʀᴛ. She might have to have ᴛᴡᴏ ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴇᴘᴛɪᴠᴇ ᴄᴏɪʟs Fɪᴛᴛᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴘʀᴇᴠᴇɴᴛ Fᴜᴛᴜʀᴇ ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄɪᴇs. Now the family are now all home in Camborne, Cornwall, and getting to grips with their two new members. She said: “It’s very, very busy at home now. We ʜᴀᴠᴇɴ’ᴛ had much sleep but I don’t think we’d be having much even if we just had one. It’s double the cuddles and double the love. Millie is getting used to things slowly. Luckily by some miracle they don’t seem to wake her up. When we told her it was twins she said she only wanted one but she’s coming round to the idea now.”