28-year-old Wyley Simpson, who gave birth to a baby boy, revealed horrible abuse he received during pregnancy.
“I had to deal with a lot of stigma behind me being a pregnant man,” he expressed.
When he found out he was carrying a baby in February 2018, he was left nervous and shocked at the news. Simpson just started his transition to become a man but did not feel ready to have a child with his fiancé.
Even so, Simpson chose to go through his unplanned pregnancy even though it meant he had to experience harsh judgment and abuse from strangers every day.
It was on September 5 when he gave birth to little Rowan via emergency C-section as the umbilical cord was wrapped numerous times.
After their son turned six months old, the couple decided to speak about the pregnancy and also parenthood.
“It’s not every day that someone sees a pregnant man walking down the road,” Simpson said. “So we received a fair amount of abuse – I would be told that I’ll never be a man, ‘men don’t carry babies’ and everyone called me ‘it’.”
“I was already worried as this was my first pregnancy, but I was also nervous because I had to deal with a lot of stigma behind me being a pregnant man.
“But alongside receiving rude comments from other people, the pregnancy took a lot for me emotionally.”
Simpson added: “Having a physical baby bump was something so feminine that messed with my head.
“But it was all worth it to have Rowan and to become a father – I wouldn’t have changed a thing.”
Simpson said he only became comfortable about becoming a dad the moment baby Rowan was born. “Once my physical bump had disappeared and I was able to take my hormones again, I felt good about everything.
“Myself and Stephan suddenly turned into a gay couple with a baby, as opposed to me being a pregnant man.
“And Rowan is amazing, he made all of the mental and physical pain completely worth it.”
He added: “I am glad that I got to go through something as amazing and natural as birthing my own child, it’s definitely made mine and Rowan’s bond so much closer.”
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