A transgender primary school teacher who feared she would never be able to have her own children is now expecting her second child.
Sasha Jones, 26, had believed it would be impossible for her to have her own biological family until she met her wife Laura, 27, in a bar six years ago.
The couple, from Bangor, Wales, have been married for four years and are now parents to five-year-old Toby
They are also preparing for the birth of their second naturally-conceived child in April next year.
Sasha Jones, 26, a transgender primary school teacher (pictured before her transition left, and after right), feared she would never be able to have her own children
Speaking about the possibility of having a family, Sasha said: ‘I thought for a long time that having children would never happen for me, but being with Laura has made a new life possible and we can’t wait to complete our family.
‘To conceive I had to stop taking hormones, which is difficult to accept after so many years of fighting for them, but to bring another life into the world is worth any sacrifice.’
Sasha first felt uncomfortable about her gender when she was five-years-old.
‘I knew that I was in the wrong body from the day I knew there was a difference between boys and girls,’ she said.
Sasha (right) and her wife Laura, 27, (left) are now expecting their second son in April next year. Pictured: Laura and Sasha on their wedding day with their son Toby
Sasha, pictured with her wife Laura (left) on their wedding day, said she had to stop taking oestrogen pills in order to make conception possible
Sahsa, pictured left before transitioning, first felt uncomfortable about her gender at the age of five. Aged 12 she learned about Kim Petras, the youngest person to ever receive gender reassignment surgery, at the time
‘One of my earliest memories is being dragged away from the dress up corner by a teaching assistant and being told to go outside and play football with the other boys.
‘From then I knew that something wasn’t right, but it took a long time to put words to it.’
At the age of 12, Sasha became aware of the German singer Kim Petras, who was the youngest person to ever receive gender reassignment surgery at the time.
Although she had now become aware of the possibility of reassigning her gender, Sasha’s family refused to discuss the topic with her.
It was only when Sasha’s grandparents died when she was in her late teens that she decided she was going to live as a woman.
When she told her family about her decision, the news wasn’t met with support.
Sasha said: ‘Telling my family didn’t go very well but I don’t let anybody stand in my way – that’s just they type of person I am. If I’m doing something I’m doing it.
Sasha’s family refused to talk with her about the topic of her gender and they offered her no support when she underwent her transition. Pictured: Sasha, Laura and Toby hold up a picture of the ultrasound of their second child
At first Sasha had to rely on her friends for support when she began her transition and a couple of weeks after making her decision, she met Laura
‘Trying to hide from who you are and living a lie is so draining. It’s really difficult and I wasn’t prepared to live that way any longer.’
During her transition Sasha leaned on her friends for support in the absence of any family help.
Only a couple of weeks after her decision to undergo the transition, Sasha met Laura through mutual friends.
Sasha said that Laura always accepted her for who she was and that their relationship only went from strength to strength.
Sasha said that Laura accepted her for who she was straight away and that their relationship only grew stronger over time
After the birth of their first child, Toby, the couple lost a second child and it made them worried that they would not be able to have any more children
To allow for a natural conception, Sasha stopped taking oestrogen pills and in 2015 the couple had their first son.
A year later they tied the knot in a big white wedding ceremony.
However, after Toby was born the couple lost a child which gave them cause to concern about future pregnancies.
‘We lost a baby last summer,’ said Sasha. ‘It really badly affected us and we feared that we’d never have another child.
‘Now Laura is 17 weeks gone and we’ve started to tell people our news and allow ourselves to get excited about it.
After years of estrangement, Sasha has now rebuilt the relationship with her family
‘If I’m ever feeling down or having a bad day I look at my reflection in the mirror and see the person that’s supposed to be there.
‘I take in my gorgeous family and realise how lucky I am, no matter what life throws at me.’
Now, Sasha says she feels happy in her skin and has a following of loyal fans on her Instagram page who follow her journey.
After years of estrangement, Sasha has also rebuilt her relationship with her family.
‘I don’t plan on having full sex change surgery,’ Sasha explained. ‘I would like to have some lip fillers in the next year or so but overall I’m happy in my skin and my priority now is my family.
‘It’s taken a lot to get to this point but I’m excited for what the future holds, and being a mum is better than I ever imagined.’