'My body is awesome': Trans man expecting first child

Trystan Reese is a trans man who is expecting a baby with his partner of seven years, Biff Chaplow.

Story highlights

  • Trystan Reese says he kept his "original parts"
  • He and partner Biff Chaplow will welcome a baby in July
  • "We've been under medical supervision the entire time time," he said

(CNN)Like most anyone in their third trimester of pregnancy, Trystan Reese is dealing with cravings and heartburn. But unlike most first-time parents, Reese is a transgender man who is expecting a baby with his partner of seven years, Biff Chaplow. The Portland, Oregon, couple will welcome a son in July.

"As the pregnancy's progressed, it's like more and more obvious that it's not just a guy with a beer belly," Chaplow told CNN affiliate KATU.

'I'm OK being a man who has a uterus'

    Reese, who was assigned the female gender at birth and says he kept his "original parts," adds that he never wanted to change his body.
    "I think my body is awesome. I feel like it's a gift to have been born with the body that I did, and I made the necessary changes so that I could keep living in it, both through hormones and through other body modifications," he shared in a video posted to the couple's Facebook page.
    "I'm OK with my body being a trans body. I'm OK being a man who has a uterus and has the capacity and capability of carrying a baby. I don't feel like it makes me any less of a man. I just happen to be a man who is able to carry a baby."
    Reese, 34, and Chaplow, 31, who adopted Chaplow's niece and nephew in 2011, knew many transgender men who had been able to have babies in "a healthy and responsible way." They wanted their pregnancy to be no different.
    "We met with the best medical team we could find to find out if it was possible to do safely," Reese told CNN.
    Reese stopped taking testosterone months before, to prepare his body for the process of becoming pregnant.