In unprecedented news, transgender man talks about delivery and post-natal depression during a recent press interview. The 29-year-old man confessed he was not aware he was pregnant; he only discovered the pregnancy after 21 weeks.
Kayden Coleman, 29, and Elijah, 27, are the father of a 22-month-old daughter, but their road to parenthood hasn’t been easy. Kayden decided to open up about his preferences approximately 10 years ago. The decision to admit his sexual orientation hasn’t been easy as Kayden had to fight lots of prejudices, some of them coming from family members.
In spite of all the rejection, Kayden remained resolute in his decision to change his gender. He received hormones and was preparing to go through a double mastectomy when he found out he was pregnant. The pregnancy occurred when Kayden stopped from taking hormones during a six-week pause.
He told the press that he was not aware he was pregnant. He simply assumed he gained weight as a result of the hormones he had been taking. Eventually, Kayden had to go to a medical checkup because he felt a constant pressure on his stomach and he began experiencing back pains.
Medical tests have revealed that he was pregnant in his 21st week. Kayden went on with the pregnancy, but there have been many difficult moments. People often laughed about his pregnant-like belly, so Kayden had to explain to them that he was really pregnant.
The labor was the most difficult part. The transgender man went through a four-day labor and felt he was being regarded as an experiment by most doctors and practitioners. The situation did not change until Kayden insisted he should have a C-section because he was feeling very sick.
The delivery was followed by a hard period during which Kayden suffered from post-natal depression. The man could no longer work, so Elijah had to provide for the entire family. Their first and most difficult year of parenthood has finally ended and now the couple feel they are really happy.
Although they were not prepared for this big step, the two men feel they have evolved a lot in the past years and that they have become better parents in the meantime. There will be many other challenges that they will most probably have to face, such as, the moment when they will have to explain their 22-month-old daughter why she has two fathers.
Coleman and his partner plan to do this when the girl turns five. They don’t think the girl will have any difficulties in understanding them; on the contrary, they expect her to be more open-minded than other kids her age.
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