Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pregnant with first youngster

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pregnant with first youngster

And today, Prime Minister Arden also reiterated that many women before her have done what she plans to do.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Friday announced she's pregnant for the first time, prompting an outpouring of support from women's rights groups and labour activists as she declared, "I'll be a prime minister and a mum".

"This year we'll join the many parents who wear two hats".

"We thought 2017 was a big year!" she tweeted.

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Speaking to reporters outside her Auckland home, Ardern said her partner, Clarke Gayford, would care for the "surprise" addition full time and that the whole family would travel together when necessary. She told Peters the news on Thursday, and he will be acting Prime Minister for six weeks around the birth. "I'm not the first woman to work and have a baby", she said. "I will make arrangements for appropriate ministers to act in my other portfolios over six weeks since I would be away from the Parliament", she further said.

"We consider ourselves lucky for another reason".

During a press conference with Gayford by her side, Ardern also gave some perspective on the fact that she'll be the first world leader to give birth in office in almost 30 years.

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After the six weeks, she will resume all her prime ministerial duties.

The couple discovered she was pregnant on October 13 - two weeks before she was sworn in as national leader.

"Clarke and I have always been clear we wanted to be parents but had been told we would need help for that to happen".

Ardern said she was personally open to answering questions about her plans but said that it was inappropriate to suggest that other women should be forced to do the same.

Ardern had previously clashed with New Zealand media who asked about her plans to start a family when she was elected as leader of the Labor party in August, saying it is "unacceptable" for any employer to ask a woman if she intends to have children or not.

"We didn't know for sure if it would be a reality for us", Ardern said yesterday, clearly thrilled to be able to share their good news.

Let me just say that I love the way Ardern has approached announcing her baby news - like it's no big deal.

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