Transgender dad Trystan Reese is making headlines for being a man and being eight months pregnant.

Reese isn鈥檛 becoming a father for the first time; he already has two adopted children with partner Biff Chaplow. But he鈥檚 making his first pregnancy public in order to help change the way we view trans men, and pregnancy in general.

鈥淚n some ways, I have detached the process of birth from womanhood,鈥 said Reese in an interview with Vice. 鈥淚鈥檓 already doing something that鈥檚 outside of the norm of what men and women are supposed to do, so for me I don鈥檛 feel it鈥檚 that rigid that men are not supposed to have babies.鈥

Just a preview from today's pregnancy shoot! Photo credit: Caitlyn Lawson

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Getting pregnant is a relatively straightforward process for trans men, though it can be expensive. Reese simply stopped taking his hormones and was able to get pregnant without any other interventions. Two recent studies suggest that the psychological effect is more challenging.

The study sample sizes were small, but a theme emerged: The birth parents felt isolated and had complicated feelings about their gender identity. 鈥溾regnancy can lead men to acknowledge that they still have female reproductive organs, which for many can be difficult, however rewarding the pregnancy may ultimately be,鈥 wrote Dr. Juno Obedin-Maliver and Dr. Harvey Makadon, authors of a 2015 paper on trans pregnancy.

But Reese has a different take on this idea.

鈥淭he message has been the thing that makes us transgender is we hate our bodies and we want to do everything to change our bodies,鈥 he told Vice. 鈥淭hat鈥檚 the experience of a lot of transgender people; it鈥檚 not mine. For some of us, we think it鈥檚 okay to embrace and accept the unique path we have.鈥

Whether society is ready to accept trans pregnancy is another thing. Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox have brought acceptance to the idea that a woman can be born into a man鈥檚 body. But accepting that that man might still want to take part in the traditionally feminine practice of pregnancy might take more time.

You're NEVER too pregnant to read My Little Pony to your 6yo...

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Until then, Reese is relieved that the trans and LGBTQ+ community has his back 鈥 something he was hoping for, but not necessarily expecting. While he thought other trans men would say he was confusing people and making it more difficult to be accepted as men, the opposite鈥檚 been true.

鈥淚鈥檝e heard from so many other LGBT and trans people saying 鈥榯hank you for leading this conversation, thank you for expanding what it means to be trans, for expanding what it means to be a man,鈥欌 says Reese.

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(Photos via Caitlyn Lawson and Trystan Reese)