Why “My Little Poppyseed”?

I started this blog shortly after finding out that I was pregnant for the first time ever, however because of a Mullerian Duct Abnormality, we had no idea how my body would be able to handle pregnancy so I figured it would be a good place to keep track of events, my emotions and feelings surrounding the pregnancy.  As things evolve I’m sure it will turn into a blog covering many topics and hopefully some day about being a mother.  Until then, I will leave you with some information! 

The title of this blog came from The Bump, where each week you can find out how big your baby is.  Normally the baby’s size is compared to that of a fruit or vegetable, and when I first found out I was pregnant (at about 4/5 weeks), the Bump told me that my baby was the size of a poppyseed.  But this wasn’t just any poppyseed, this was my little poppyseed!  Just gotta keep it growing and growing safe and sound until it’s ready to sprout!

So what’s a Unicorn… whatever?!

I have what is called a Unicornuate Uterus… if you really want lots of scientific information about what it is, and about other types of Mullerian Duct Abnormalities, then I suggest you go ask a doctor  (Google is known for providing notoriously glum information when it comes to infertility and genetic abnormalities).  But basically, it means I have a uterus that is half the size of a “normal” uterus. 

This photo sort of explains the difference between the diferent types of Mullerian Duct Abnormalities:

To get into slightly more scientific terms though, I have a left Unicornuate Uterus with a non-communicating rudimentary horn.  I have 2 functional ovaries and fallopian tubes but one of them is not connected to the functioning part of my uterus.  I’ve had a renal ultrasound and I do have both kidneys and both of them are functioning normally and are located in the “normal” place.  With Mullerian Duct Abnormalities, it’s very common to also have associated renal abnormalities such as a horseshoe kidney or just one kidney.

5 thoughts on “Why “My Little Poppyseed”?

  1. I’m so happy I found your blog, I am currently 11 1/2 weeks pregnant with my 1st child and I have a unicornuate uterus. I would love to ask you a couple of questions. Please contact me if you can.

    • First of all, congratulations on your pregnancy! There are lots of success stories out there about women with Unicornuate Uteruses delivering full term healthy babies. You’re much more likely to have a breech baby because the baby won’t have room to flip head down but I actually found my scheduled C-Section to be very low-stress compared to my friends who had long labor and delivery experiences. Please feel free to ask any other questions I can answer for you! And good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

  2. Some friends bought some cloth diapers called poppy pants and they were amazing, it had this website on but I’m not finding them anywhere. Maybe it’s the wrong information?

  3. Hello my fellow unicorn! I was diagnosed with a UU this past November during a fertility work-up after having 3 miscarriages. I’m currently 12 weeks pregnant and your story gives me so much hope. I’m so sorry to hear about your miscarriage (and molar pregnancy). They are not easy to go through and I wish you all the best in your recovery and future pregnancies.

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