Thomas Beatie, who became known as the world's first "Pregnant Man," wants to add to his family and have a fourth child.
Beatie is a transgender male who preserved his female reproductive organs and gained media attention after publicly announcing his pregnancy in 2007.
After three children, Beatie wants a fourth. This time, he is hoping his new girlfriend, Amber Nicholas, will carry the child. His ex, Nancy, was unable to get pregnant because she underwent a hysterectomy 25 years ago, People notes.
“Being pregnant was the most incredible experience, but we want Amber to do it this time around,” he told the Mirror. “I think it would be amazing to experience pregnancy as the father.”
However, if Amber, who has two children from a previous marriage, cannot get pregnant, he will gladly step in.
“It’s even possible we could both be pregnant at the same time," Beatie, who lives in Arizona, told the Mirror. "Amber suggested we both try to get pregnant and whoever gets there first goes through with it. My surgeon has advised against me getting pregnant because it would be a lot harder now I’m biologically a man. I would have to have a caesarian, but I’d willingly do it to have another bundle of joy.”
Beatie gained international attention during his first pregnancy when he posted photos of himself shirtless with a beard and a pregnant belly.
"The first doctor we approached was a reproductive endocrinologist. He was shocked by our situation and told me to shave my facial hair," he wrote for The Advocate in 2008 while pregnant with his first daughter. Adding, "A few months and a couple thousand dollars later, he told us that he would no longer treat us, saying he and his staff felt uncomfortable working with 'someone like me.'"
After medical complications, Beatie gave birth to baby girl, Susan, in 2008.
"How does it feel to be a pregnant man? Incredible," he wrote for The Advocate that year. "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."
Currently, Beatie is in the process of divorcing Nancy. However, an Arizona judge has halted the proceedings in order to check the validity of the marriage. The judge has reportedly deemed the couple's union a same-sex marriage, which is not legal in Arizona. Although Beatie was legally a male before the wedding, the judge has argued that there is no legal precedent that defines a man as someone who can get pregnant and give birth, TMZ reports.
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