Transgender man and father-of-two happily announces he is expecting after miscarriage
Two fathers are expecting a baby after one of the parents, who is also transgender, became pregnant.
Trystan Reese, 34, and Biff Chaplow, from Portland, Oregon, are already parents to two children they adopted in 2015, but the pair has always longed for their own biological child.
The married couple, who announced they were expecting this month on the WNYC podcast, the Longest Shortest Time, revealed that they were once concerned they missed their 'only' chance to conceive after experiencing a miscarriage in 2016.
After the miscarriage, which occurred at six weeks into the pregnancy, the couple shared that they initially planned to wait a year before trying to conceive again. However, they eventually cut the year short after considering the health complications that could arise from Reese, who was born a woman, restarting and then stopping testosterone dosages.
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Six months into trying, Reese began to experience morning sickness, after which he discovered the good news when he took a pregnancy test.
Because of their miscarriage, the couple said they closely followed every detail of the pregnancy in the early weeks, with Reese "obsessively" weighing himself and taking more pregnancy tests in the coming weeks.
In preparations for their first ultrasound, the two said they called ahead of time to inform the ob-gyn of Reese's transsexuality. But Chaplow said it didn't stop Reese from feeling uncomfortable at the appointment.
"I can feel someone looking at my face and searching for the remnants of womanhood," he said Reese explained, according to a Daily Mail report. "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."
Fortunately, Reese's fears were unfounded.
"'There just hasn't been an ounce of transphobia from anyone I have come in contact with," he said. "Every person wouldn't even bat an eye that there was a dude with a beard claiming to be pregnant who is here to get bloodwork done - and I have been trans long enough to know that doesn't come magically."
As for their family's newest addition, they revealed they'll soon be welcoming a boy, who they joked as being "diagnosis: male."