Pregnant with a Uterine Septum

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I've been told I have a uterine septum. I'm about 9 weeks pregnant and had first ultrasound at 7 weeks and 4 days. We saw a good yolk sac and a little bean with a heartbeat. My doctor did not seem to be to worried about it and said most of the time the septum gets shoved out of the way.

What is your opinion on this issue?

ANSWER

Your doctor is right and it's usually not a problem (depending on the size and shape of the septum). If it is a problem, it usually just means the baby comes a little early when it runs out of space on one side. There is really nothing that can be done about that, so I'd just hope your doctor is exactly right in your case and have a good pregnancy!

You'll probably go past your due date --- let me know!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.