Why should I embrace my unicorn (unicornuate uterus)?

I introduce myself as someone who was just diagnosed with a unicornuate uterus, a scary and unwelcome diagnosis. Read more to learn how I feel about the possibility of pregnancy with unicornuate uterus in this post and throughout the blog.


My name is Kristen, and I’m a unicorn. Really, I promise. Ask my doctor if you don’t believe me.

Six weeks ago, I was diagnosed as being a unicorn. I know what you’re thinking. “Where’s her horn and rainbow mane?” Fair question. My mythological abnormality is internal and hidden and took me 32 years to discover.

Six weeks ago, I was diagnosed with a unicornuate uterus. This uterine anomaly is congenital: something went awry during development when I was just a little embryo in my momma’s belly. Normal uteruses have two fully developed horns and two fully developed halves. In the simplest of terms, I have half a uterus, and it has the coolest name: unicornuate. Hello, world. I am Kristen, and I am a unicorn.

While being a unicorn seems fun to joke about, it has been nothing but the worst nightmare for the past 1.5 months. Instead of a lovely dream where a kind unicorn sings Julie Andrews-esque melodies and poops delicious rainbow frozen yogurt, my life has been a unicorn nightmare. In this dream, a Dr. Frankenstein-created evil unicorn ravages an unsuspecting village by shooting laser beams from her eyes and puncturing townspeople with her razor-sharp horn. The unicorn in this nightmare has been unwelcomed, unexpected, angering, and the bearer of the most severe grief.

That’s why I need to write. I need to expel my mind of this metaphorical unicorn nightmare. I need to take the reins and break her in. Take this unicorn and give her love, hugs, and compassion. I will train her to be my friend so we can ride off into a brighter, more positive future. And maybe if I train my unicorn well enough, she’ll even be able to help me and Cory make our own little unicorn baby.

That’s the first reason I need to write: to help myself.

But there’s another motivator behind my writing: to help you. I need write to help pave the way for you to embrace your unicorn – the ways you are different than the norm, or the ways your ideas of how things can be done are different than the norm. In addition to cataloging my fertility journey as a unicorn, I look forward to writing about topics such as body positivity and fat acceptance and planning the type of wedding you want (such as our 20-minute reception).

So, I ask you: How are you different?  How do you go against the grain? In what ways do you want to gently rebel against our societal standards?  Let’s all mount our inner unicorns and explore doing life differently.

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