A woman born with two wombs, cervixes and vaginas who feared she would never be able to have children has revealed she is finally pregnant.
Nicola Guinness, who has tried to conceive ever since she was 18, was told as a 15-year-old that her unusual anatomy would make it difficult to start a family.
Having suffered six miscarriages in her quest for children, the 26-year-old begged the NHS for surgery to remove the band of tissue that separated her sexual organs in half.
Surgeons allegedly refused her request because it was too risky, leading the Beauty therapist to ask her sister if she would consider being her surrogate.
Ms Guinness, from Brentwood, Essex, finally found a specialist at Ipswich Hospital who offered her the life-changing operation to remove the wall of skin in October 2018.
Just eight months later, Ms Guinness and her partner, Anthony Latta, 30, discovered they were expecting. She is now 26 weeks pregnant with their son, Reggie.
Ms Guinness now has one womb but still has a wall separating her cervix and vagina meaning she will have to give birth to Reggie via C-section.
Her deformity, known as septate uterus, is believed to make pregnancy difficult because the baby cannot survive if it attaches to the band of skin.
Nicola Guinness, 26, and her partner, Anthony Latta, 30, have finally fallen pregnant. Ms Guinness had six miscarriages over eight years due to a rare condition
Two years ago, it was revealed a band of tissue down the centre of her womb, cervix, and vagina, was complicating Ms Guinness' pregnancies. She is pictured in hospital when she had surgery to remove the wall in Ipswich Hospital
Ms Guinness, who was only correctly diagnosed with septate uterus two years ago, said: 'I started trying to get pregnant as soon as I was 18.
‘I'd always dreamed of becoming a mum so I just wanted to give myself the best chance and start as soon as I could.
'But every time I got pregnant I would only reach four weeks and then I'd miscarry every time.
'I was heartbroken and so depressed, I remember I would just sit and cry for hours wondering why this was happening to me.’
Reggie will be born via c-section in February
She added: 'Fighting for the operation was the worst time of my life, because I knew that something could be done but doctors weren't prepared to help me.
'They just sent me a letter telling me that I wouldn't be able to have kids - we were devastated. Now, it means everything to me to be so close to becoming a mother.
'Most mums only have to wait nine months to meet their baby but I've been waiting eight years to meet mine.'
From her first period, Ms Guinness realised she was different, noticing that she would still bleed despite using tampons.
This was because she would place the tampon in one vagina, but blood was still escaping from the second uterus and vagina.
She claims she was initially misdiagnosed with a condition called uterus didelphys - which would appear very similar to complete uterus septum on a scan.
Also known as a 'double uterus', it occurs when the tubes that create a uterus in a female foetus don't completely join. Instead, each develop into a separate structure.
A double uterus may have one cervix - the neck of the womb - into one vagina, or there may be two cervixes and vaginas.
Armed with what she thought was the answer, Ms Guinness said: '[It] meant that I might have trouble conceiving but that I would be able to carry a baby once I got pregnant.
The couple found out they were expecting a baby, later revealed to be a boy, eight months after Ms Guinness had surgery to remove the wall of skin in her womb
Septate uterus is one of the most common abnormalities affecting the womb