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New Zealand PM reveals she is pregnant

Mukul : risingbd.com
Publish on: 2018-01-19 10:43:50 AM     ||     Updated: 2018-01-20 10:26:46 AM

International Desk: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Friday that she and her partner, Clarke Gayford, are expecting their first child in June.

"Clarke and I are really excited that in June our team will expand from two to three, and that we'll be joining the many parents out there who wear two hats," she said in a Facebook post.

"I'll be Prime Minister AND a mum, and Clarke will be 'first man of fishing' and stay-at-home dad."

Speaking to reporters outside her home on Friday morning, Ardern said she would be taking six weeks leave following the baby's birth.

"I am not the first woman to multi-task, I'm not the first woman to work and have a baby, I know these are special circumstances but there will be many woman who will have done this well before I have," she said.

Ardern said she learned she was pregnant in October during negotiations to form a minority New Zealand government, "but as many couples do in the early stages, we kept it to ourselves," she said.

Her partner, Clarke Gayford, hosts a fishing and cooking program called Fish of the Day on New Zealand television.

"And I would say to those people, none of them detected I had pretty bad morning sickness for three months of establishing the government," she said.

The news came as a surprise, she said, as the couple had always hoped to have a child, "but we had been told we would need help for that to happen," she said.

"We wanted a family but weren't sure it would happen for us, which has made this news unexpected but exciting."

Ardern won't be the first female leader to give birth while in office. Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto became the first elected female leader to give birth to a child in 1990.

Source: Agencies

risingbd/Jan 19, 2018/Mukul