Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand's prime minister announces she is pregnant

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pregnant

Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand's prime minister announces she is pregnant

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that she is pregnant, with the baby due in June.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford knew about the pregnancy in October past year, but chose to wait until they were further along to announce the news. "Clarke and I are really excited that in June our team will expand from two to three", she wrote on Instagram.

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

Ms Ardern said she meant to be fully contactable and available throughout the six-week period.

Ardern said her pregnancy had been confirmed on 13 October.

Malcolm Turnbull has phoned his New Zealand counterpart to congratulate her on news she is expecting her first child.

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters will take over for Ms Ardern for six weeks after the baby is born.

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

The prime minister waited until now to share the news with New Zealanders to ensure the baby was healthy and well.

Ardern said at the time she was not pre-determining any plans for children. I'm sure you'll be equally as great at being a mum as what you are as the Prime Minister!'

Ardern discovered she was pregnant just six days before she became Prime Minister-elect.

The couple said they were thrilled with the news, having thought they may not be able to conceive naturally.

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