A TRANSGENDER man who gave birth to a boy has revealed vile abuse he received during pregnancy, with strangers mocking him as an “it”.
Wyley Simpson, 28, said: “I had to deal with a lot of stigma behind me being a pregnant man.”
After finding out he was pregnant on February 8 2018, Simpson was left shocked and nervous at the news.
Not only had he started his transition to become a man years ago, but he did not feel ready to have a baby with his fiancé, Stephan Gaeth, 28.
But, undeterred, Simpson decided to go through his unplanned pregnancy – despite the emotional turmoil of battling abuse and judgment from strangers on a daily basis.
And on September 5, Simpson gave birth to their 7lb 5oz son, Rowan, via emergency C-section, as his son’s umbilical cord was wrapped several times.
With the San Antonio, Texas, couple celebrating their son turning six-months-old, they have spoken out about the pregnancy, and parenthood.
Simpson, who went through the transitioning process from the age of 21, said: “It’s not every day that someone sees a pregnant man walking down the road.
“So we received a fair amount of abuse – I would be told that I’ll never be a man, ‘men don’t carry babies’ and everyone called me ‘it’.
I would be told that I’ll never be a man, ‘men don’t carry babies’ and everyone called me ‘it’.
“I was already worried as this was my first pregnancy, but I was also nervous because I had to deal with a lot of stigma behind me being a pregnant man.
“But alongside receiving rude comments from other people, the pregnancy took a lot for me emotionally.”
He added that, “having a physical baby bump was something so feminine that messed with my head.
“But it was all worth it to have Rowan and to become a father – I wouldn’t have changed a thing.”
Despite being grateful that he could carry his own child, Simpson said that he was only able to feel comfortable about becoming a father once Rowan was born, particularly after having to battle constant criticism from strangers in the street.
He said: “Once my physical bump had disappeared and I was able to take my hormones again, I felt good about everything.
“Myself and Stephan suddenly turned into a gay couple with a baby, as opposed to me being a pregnant man.
“And Rowan is amazing, he made all of the mental and physical pain completely worth it.”
The couple are “just revelling in fatherhood and can’t wait to continue our journey as a family.”
However, despite being glad that he was able to naturally conceive his son, Simpson said he would not carry another child himself.
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He explained: “I am looking to fully transition in the future, so the likelihood of having another child naturally is unlikely.
“It was a great feeling to be able to carry Rowan, feeling him kick and going to baby scans, but for me as a person, it isn’t something I can continue to do.
“I don’t see myself as any less of a man because of what happened, but I just do not identify in such a feminine way as to be pregnant – so it won’t be happening again.
“But I am glad that I got to go through something as amazing and natural as birthing my own child, it’s definitely made mine and Rowan’s bond so much closer.”
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