A husband once noticed something strange when his wife went to take an ultrasound test.
“Recently, we found out we were preggers. It was great news!” user 0tisdriftwood wrote, adding that his family would become a family of four “by one more heartbeat.”
However, he said his wife was “very sick for most of her pregnancy,” and when an ultrasound was done, there was no child.
Instead, “it looked like a bunch of grapes,” he said, adding that it was actually a tumor. Specifically, his wife’s condition was a “molar pregnancy.”
A molar pregnancy is a noncancerous tumor that forms in the uterus as a result of a nonviable pregnancy.
According to Cancer Research UK, it occurs when the fertilization of the egg “by the sperm goes wrong and leads to the growth of abnormal cells or clusters of water filled sacs inside the womb.”
Imgur user 0tisdriftwood said his wife had to have it removed immediately. “Because molar pregnancies are so vascular, the surgeon had to prepare for a full historectomy. Luckily, they got it all out without taking any reproductive organs,” he wrote.
But there’s a silver lining. His wife is safe and healthy.
“Though we didn’t get to add to our family, I am so thankful for the amazing wife and son that I currently have,” he said.
“A molar pregnancy is the result of a genetic error during the fertilization process that leads to a growth of abnormal tissue within the uterus. Molar pregnancies rarely involve a developing embryo, and the growth of this material is rapid compared to normal fetal growth. It has the appearance of a large and random collection of grape-like cell clusters. There are two types of molar pregnancies, ‘complete,’ and ‘partial,'” says American Pregnancy of the condition.
According to the website:
-In the US, approximately 1 out of 1,000 pregnancies is a molar pregnancy
-Mexico, Southeast Asia, and the Philippines have higher rates than the US for molar pregnancies in women
-White women in the US are at higher risk than black women
-Women over the age of 40
-Women who have had a prior molar pregnancy
-Women with a history of miscarriage