When TV presenter Sophie Blake was diagnosed with Asherman’s Syndrome last year, she resigned herself to the fact that she would never be able to give daughter Maya, 3, a sibling But the 37-year-old has stunned doctors by in fact going completely against the odds and becoming pregnant once again. She and fiance Scott Nicholls, are now expecting their second child in May 2011.
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It was back in 2007 when Sophie gave birth to Maya that her problems started — after a complicated birth which resulted in the placenta having to come out using a D&C — a normal procedure used to clear a woman’s womb after a miscarriage or after the placenta is left behind after childbirth or a termination.
Asherman’s is thought to occur when the scraping of the uterus lining is done too forcefully and results in 5 per cent of the 100,000 D&C procedures carried out each year. To make matters worse, Sophie and Scott were unaware that she had the condition and it was only when the pair found it difficult to conceive a second child soon after Maya turned one that a doctor discovered the problem.
Once the couple had come to terms with the news they decided to look in other options such as surrogacy and adoption. IVF was an option considered “too risky”. It was around the same time 6 months ago that Sophie decided to go public with her diagnosis in the hope that other women would become aware of the condition. At the time she said:
“I have a beautiful daughter and if we don’t have another child then she will always be enough. But I don’t want other women to go through what I have because of a lack of awareness.”
Source: Daily Mail Photo by Grant Triplow