Pregnancy is the most exciting time of a prospective parent’s life, and Trystan Reese and his husband, Biff Chaplow, are experiencing that awe and wonder right now.
You see, the couple – who have been married for four years – are expecting their first child together, and are 35 weeks pregnant.
Trystan and Biff already have plenty of experience as parents. The Portland couple legally adopted Biff’s niece and nephew who, until that point, had been in a ‘troubled home’.
As they explained on The Longest Shortest Time podcast, they were desperate to expand their family – and they needed to explore every option.
At the time, Trystan had been taking testosterone; when he stopped, his period came back, and he and his husband began trying to conceive naturally.
“We can definitely afford another child, but not adoption; and the legal process was very emotionally difficult for our family,” Trystan explained.
“We have everything we need to grow our family on our own…I would need to stop taking testosterone, so that’s what I did. I talked to a medical team to make sure it was advisable.”
After a few months of trying, Trystan finally got the news he and Biff were waiting for last year – they were pregnant.
He recalled waking up feeling ‘really bad’, reaching for a pregnancy test, and finally seeing that positive sign. He was pregnant.
Ever since, Trystan and Biff have been sharing every step of their journey on Instagram, showing off gorgeous shots of their precious baby bump.
Thankfully, while Trystan has felt people ‘searching for the remnants of womanhood’ in his face, he hasn’t encountered ‘an ounce of transphobia’.
And as for the pregnancy process itself, Trystan hasn’t been suffering any adverse effects – in fact, he’s been ‘having a blast’!
The loved-up couple, who have been together for seven years, followed up their podcast interview with an appearance on ITV’s This Morning today, via video link.
During the appearance, Trystan reaffirmed how fortunate he and his husband are.
“I think there are a lot of men who would love to carry a child, so I’ve been given a gift,” he said.
“I know it’s not how most men are, but I hope it expands what a lot of people think being pregnant could mean.”
We’re wishing them all the best with the rest of their pregnancy journey.