Thomas Beatie, the world’s first pregnant man – or male mother – has unveiled his new toned figure, just 12 months after giving birth to his third child in three years.
Mr Beatie, who now lives in Arizona with his wife Nancy and their three children, garnered international attention around the world when he became the first legally transgender man to become pregnant.
Now he and his wife have completed the family they always dreamed of, and the 37-year-old appears to have started taking testosterone again, helping him develop his muscular physique.
He was pictured playing in the water with the couple’s youngest child, Jensen, who was born naturally on July 25 last year.
The couple also have a three-year-old daughter called Susan and a son called Austin, who will be two in September.
Despite his three pregnancies, he showed off a flat stomach with the beginnings of a six-pack – although he couldn’t quite hide the stretchmarks.
The couple moved to Arizona from their home in Bend, Oregon, after their house was repossessed last year.
He said his successful T-shirt printing business, Define Normal, folded because of his fame. He said: ‘We tried to keep up with regular orders, but we lost a lot of customers because of prejudice, and then the economy took a huge downturn.’
In March Mr Beatie revealed he had filed for bankruptcy and was desperately seeking a job to get his family off welfare handouts and pay his $5,000-a-month mortgage.
Mr Beatie was born as a woman, Tracy Lagondino, in Hawaii in 1974, but says he always felt like he wanted to be a man.
When he was in his twenties began having testosterone injections, giving him facial hair, a lower voice and altering his sexual organs.
In 2002 he had a mastectomy and legally became a man – but he chose to keep his vagina, uterus and other female sexual organs so the couple could have children, as his wife had had a hysterectomy.
He told Oprah: ‘I wanted to have a child one day. I didn’t know how. It was just a dream.’
After more than eight years, he stopped taking testosterone so he could become pregnant, although some of its effects, including facial hair, are permanent.
The couple bought sperm from an anonymous donor and Mr Beatie underwent artificial insemination. After an ectopic pregnancy which led to emergency surgery, he eventually fell pregnant with Susan in late 2007.
Astonishing photos of Mr Beatie with a baby bump and a beard made headlines all over the world, and he appeared on chat shows explaining how he and Nancy considered themselves like any normal heterosexual family.
He also revealed that the couple can have sexual intercourse, because the male hormones enlarged his clitoris so much. He told Oprah: ‘It looks like a penis. I can have intercourse with my wife.’
Mr Beatie has just eight menstrual cycles a year instead of 12, and only half of these cycles are useful for conception as he has previously had a fallopian tube removed due to an ectopic pregnancy.
He said: ‘I am only able to get pregnant four days out of the year… We had our babies in a short space of time because we don’t have the luxury of waiting years between each child.’
Quite a brood: Mr Beatie says people often stare at him and his wife when they take all three children out
The couple still have some of their donated sperm in a cryobank, and in March said they hoped to have another child, but in the photograph released today it appears Mr Beatie has started taking testosterone again and their family is complete.
They hope to solve their money worries by setting up a new business, this time in personal training.
He said: ‘We’ve already registered the business and are starting to make plans for it. I have a bachelors degree in Health Science and I can take a different certification programme. It will be a great family business.’
The couple say they are starting to make friends in Phoenix but still attract surprised stares when they are spotted pushing a trolley around the supermarket.
He said: ‘It was hard moving here as we had to deal with a whole new set of people staring at us. When I’m alone I look like any other man. But I can’t go anywhere with Nancy and the kids without people recognising me.’
He added: ‘But we like it and the neighbours are nice. Some people recognise us and come up to talk, but we haven’t had any negative responses yet.’
The Beaties are determined to turn their money problems around and make a success of their new business, to provide for their family, and help people in the community.
He said: ‘It’s been the worst year of our lives. We have no idea what the future holds for us but we are trying to focus on each day, making sure the kids are well cared for. As long as we have each other, we’re going to be fine.’
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