Bent, OR (AHN) — A transgendered male in Oregon is 22 weeks pregnant. Thomas Beatie only had chest reconstruction and testosterone therapy, but did not have his female reproductive organs changed.

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Following his sex reassignment, Beatie was legally able to register himself as a male and even married Nancy. But because of Nancy’s severe endemetriosis and hysterectomy, she could not bear a child over 10 years of marriage to Thomas.This led to the couple’s decision for Thomas to bear the child. He stopped hormone injections and soon he began to have his monthly periods. After one year, he became pregnant through a frozen donor sperm, but his first attempt at becoming a mother was ectopic.

Thomas’ second attempt at motherhood is apparently successful and he is due to give birth on July 3.

In an article that came out in the latest issue of The Advocate, the couple recounted the difficulties they faced because of their unique situation. They had to go through nine doctors.

“Receptionists have laughed at us. Friends and family have been unsupportive; most of Nancy’s family doesn’t even know I’m transgender,” Thomas wrote in The Advocate.

Sharing his innermost thoughts, Thomas added, “Despite the fact that my belly is growing with a new life inside me, I am stable and confident being the man that I am. In a technical sense I see myself as my own surrogate, though my gender identity as male is constant. To Nancy, I am her husband carrying our child. I will be my daughter’s father, and Nancy will be her mother. We will be a family.”

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