Trans Man Who Gave Birth Shares His Story About Pregnancy As A Man

Trans Man Who Gave Birth Shares His Story About Pregnancy As A Man

Trystan Reese and his partner Biff Chaplow are a couple that decided to have a baby one day. The thing what makes this couple special is that Reese is a trans man, and after seeing dozens of trans men have babies, they decided to have a baby as well.

His partner, though, had some concerns, both about Reese’s safety – especially considering the fact that he would be navigating through the world as a pregnant man. Reese has since told Parents that his partner was initially hesitant about the idea, and he even said at one point that it’s the dumbest idea that he’s ever had. He was mostly worried about Reese’s safety, both medical and social.

The couple had already adopted Chaplow’s niece and nephew back in 2011, and they eventually came to an agreement to become pregnant. They met with an excellent medical team, and Reese stopped taking testosterone hormones to prepare his body for pregnancy.

About five months later, he fell pregnant! The two were overjoyed and elated, and lightness came over them.

 

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According to Reese, it was a ‘textbook pregnancy’, and it led to a healthy delivery to their son Leo in July 2017.

“The conception part just happened, the two of us at home, the old-fashioned way. I’m really lucky, the people at Kaiser [Permanente] have worked really hard on their trans competency. I received incredibly respectful, knowledgeable, competent care throughout my entire prenatal process. I told my doctor ‘it’s my goal to be the most boring patient you’ve ever seen.’ He, of course, laughed because I’m a pregnant man.” – he noted.

Reese documented his entire pregnancy on Facebook, and he shared what he thinks of his body and how he feels like it’s a gift to have been born with the body that he did.

Reese explained that the terminology surrounding pregnancy is not inclusive of the trans community, but it doesn’t bother him and he made peace with it.

“I just accepted that I’m the one doing something unique. I know that most people, like 99.99 percent of people who give birth are women. I can’t really bust into this world and then get mad at them for not really including me. I am the one doing something special. I’m the one who is sort of crashing their party. I thought the respectful thing to do was accept that the language wasn’t always going to include me.” – he concluded.

 

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Source: Upworthy

 
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