Transgender man gives birth to son after ‘surprise’ pregnancy

A transgender man, Ryan Sanderson has revealed how he gave birth to a son, ‘surprisingly’ as he never thought he would get pregnant.

Sanderson, a drama student, from Rochdale, Manchester, has been in the process of transitioning from female to male and taking hormone treatments for years.

 

Ryan before transitioning

He also believed his now-ex partner was infertile.

But despite all this, nine weeks into hormone treatments, Ryan, 24, discovered he was pregnant in 2019.

Now, he has a son, Hendrick.

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‘I didn’t believe I could get pregnant when on testosterone, until I found out that I was,’ said Ryan to Metro UK.

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‘I think more trans men need to understand that they can get pregnant.

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‘My ex-partner was under the impression that he was infertile, but that wasn’t the case.’

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Ryan says he is now overjoyed to have given birth to his first child.

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‘I knew instantly that I wanted to have the baby,’ said the dad.

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‘I believed it to be fate, I’ve never been a devout follower of religion, but I felt like it was a sign to have a child before I was in too deep with testosterone treatments.

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‘When I found out I was pregnant, Hendrick truly became my everything.

 

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In 2021 he continued his hormonal treatments and says he has now finished the course .

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‘My GP was slightly worried about complications, but the course of my pregnancy ran pretty smoothly.

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‘Thankfully, I had a wonderful team of midwives that would address me with the appropriate pronouns, and if they made mistakes they would always apologise.

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‘Sometimes they’d have questions, and it felt great to be able to answer them without them trying to offend me in anyway.’

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Ryan says his ex-partner has told him he won’t be involved in training the child , so he’ll be a ‘baby daddy’ with the help of his supportive mum, Janette.

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‘Without her, I’d be lost,’ he said. ‘She does so much for both Hendrick and I, and acts like a super-hero co-parent.

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‘She’s read all of the books and understands the way in which I’d like him to be bought up.

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‘My ex-partner doesn’t want to be in the picture, but I’ve got the full support of the rest of my family and friends.’

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Speaking about his transition process, Ryan said;

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‘I’d struggled for so long to become my true self and had even had to go with a private GP in order to get testosterone,’ he said.

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‘I knew that I was a man from the age of seven and came out at 19.

‘Since coming out as Ryan, I’ve felt this freedom that I never felt as a girl, I do things for me instead of what society deems certain genders should do.

‘I got to chest feed Hendrick when he was born, as I knew it was the healthiest and best way to aid him in his growth.

‘In 2021, I had top surgery to remove my breasts which felt amazing, although I am sad at the thought of not being able to chest feed any of my future children.

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