A transgender American man has told of his shock at discovering he had become pregnant nearly a decade after going public with his identity.
Kayden Coleman had been undergoing hormone therapy as part of his transitioning for five years but had to stop his medication in advance of having a double mastectomy.
‘To have a mastectomy you have to be off hormones for six weeks,’ Coleman told The Mirror.
‘I never thought about getting pregnant. Because of the male hormones, I didn’t think it was a possibility. It was definitely a surprise.’
However in that time he managed to fall pregnant to his husband Elijah.
Coleman didn’t even realize until his belly began to grow and initially put his weight gain down to not exercising enough.
He says it wasn’t until Elijah lay him down for a massage that he realized there might be more than fat in his belly.
‘One day my back was killing me,’ Coleman said.
‘Elijah was going to give me a massage, so I lay on my front on the bed. It felt like there was a pillow under my stomach but there was no pillow.’
Coleman said he actually had joked that he should get a pregnancy test before it dawned on him that he might actually need one.
When he finally saw a doctor they told him he was 21 weeks pregnant.
With only a few months before the baby was due the couple married in July of 2013 and their daughter Azaelia was born in December that year.
The couple plan to tell Azaelia about the unusual circumstances of her birth when she is five years old.
Coleman is believed to be only the second transgender ban to give birth to a baby.
Oregonian transgender man Thomas Beatie revealed to the world in 2008 that he was pregnant and he has since given birth to three children.