A transgender man is expecting a baby together with his partner.
34-year-old Trystan Reese and Biff Chaplow, from Portland, have revealed that they will be welcoming a child this summer.
The pair have said they experienced a heart-breaking miscarriage at six weeks in 2016. This came after trans-dad Trystan became pregnant for the first time.
The married couple are already parents to two children they adopted in 2015. They announced the news of the pregnancy on WNYC podcast, the Longest Shortest Time.
Following the miscarriage, Trystan initially wanted to wait for a year before they tried to conceive again.
However, given the complications of restarting and then going off testosterone again, led the dads to trying again right away.
The pair say it took longer the second time to conceive. They even became worried that they had missed their ‘only chance’, they said.
Nonetheless, six months into trying, Trystan woke up feeling sick. After Biff took the kids to school, Trystan took a pregnancy test and discovered he was pregnant.
This time things were different, though they felt nervous since the miscarriage. Trystan began ‘obsessively’ weighing himself and took multiple other pregnancy tests in the weeks to come.
By the six-week ultrasound appointment, the couple called ahead to the ob-gyn’s office. They wanted to let them know they would be treating a pregnant trans-dad.
Trystan felt it was a necessary precaution, based on his experience as a transgender individual.
‘I can feel someone looking at my face and searching for the remnants of womanhood, he said’.
‘They kind of squint their eyes a little bit and I can tell they’re trying to take away my beard, they’re trying to de-transition me in their heads’.
However, his fears were unfounded.