An unexpected pregnancy found out by transgender man has led medics and researchers alike to question whether parts of transgender people’s past selves stick to them even after transition.
Kayden Coleman, 29, had a shocking surprise while preparing for an operation known as double mastectomy: he was pregnant. The reason why this happened ten years after Coleman has transitioned is that he took a break of six weeks from using hormones, in preparation for his operation.
Coleman and his husband, Elijah begun dating in 2012 and after a year since they got married, but also prepared for the baby’s arrival. Even though bringing new life into the world is supposed to be a joy, not all went well with Coleman. His family and close friends knew about the past, but with the growing belly he had to come out to the people who didn’t know yet. As a result he had a temporary rift with Elijah’s family.
As for the delivery itself, Coleman declared that medical students watched him during labor, making him feel like an experiment. After giving birth, he also suffered of post-natal depression for one whole year, as he also had to quit his job in order to care for the baby girl called Azaelia. Elijah also had to work longer hours to provide for the family.
Two years later, the family finally seems to have found its stability and happiness. Azaelia calls Elijah “Poppy” and Coleman “Daddy”. The parents plan to tell their daughter how she came into the world when she will reach five years old. They also do not plan to have any more children in the future.
In the end, this case can be considered like any other unexpected pregnancy. While it is a blessing to bring a bundle of joy into the world, it also requires sacrifice. Usually one parent has to give up on the job, and the other has to work even longer and harder to supply the family.
This is not the first unexpected pregnancy found out by transgender man. In 2007, Thomas Beatie, otherwise known like “The Pregnant Man” was expected to give birth. However, he lost the expected triplets. Later on he had three children birthed by his wife at the time.
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