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Mother born with two wombs struck down with debilitating labour pains every month

A woman born with two wombs has a condition so rare she suffered debilitating labour pains every month, lasting 72 hours.

Sophie Loader with her son Chase Credit: SWNS

Sophie Loader is struck down by painful contractions which mimic the pains of labour.

Sophie, from Chelmsford in Essex, was born with uterus bicornis, meaning she has two separate wombs.

The only way she can cope with the pain is through breathing exercises.

Sophie Loader with her son Chase Credit: SWNS

I've been in labour more than 100 times, but only once for real. To say that it's a pain would be an understatement. It might shock women to hear I have been in labour more than one hundred times.

When I was 13 and the contractions started, I had never felt pain like it and couldn't understand what was happening to me, it was terrifying - even the doctor thought I might be pregnant.

– Sophie Loader
Sophie Loader's son, Chase Credit: SWNS

Full-time mum Sophie lives with boyfriend Keaghan John and their two-year-old son Chase.

When I had Chase I was drugged up to the nines for my c-section, so sadly I can't compare the pain of real labour to my fake contractions.

But I wouldn't wish this on any woman. One labour is more than enough.

– Sophie Loader
Sophie Loader in hospital after an operation on second womb Credit: SWNS

When Sophie was 13, she started her period but with it came excruciating pain.

I was doubled over in agony and my mum had to call an ambulance. It was terrifying and felt like my insides were being ripped apart.

– Sophie Loader
Sophie Loader with her son Chase Credit: SWNS

After months of tests, doctors finally told Sophie that she had two wombs.

While the left womb was healthy, the right side would fill up with blood each month and trick her body into thinking it was giving birth.

I was hospitalised more than 30 times because I couldn't cope with the symptoms. Each time they would give me gas and air to control the pain.

In the end, all doctors could do was teach me how to control my contractions using breathing exercises that real women in labour use.

– Sophie Loader

After the birth, Sophie had the contraceptive implant fitted and now only goes into 'fake labour' once every three months.

Being is labour once a month for eight years was exhausting. You'd think it would be enough to put me off having a baby.

But ever since I was a little girl, I've wanted to be a mother.

There were times when I wanted to give up, but I am so lucky to have Chase. That being said, I don't think I'll be having another baby any time soon.

– Sophie Loader