Newly elected Prime Minister to New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, announced Friday that she is pregnant and expecting to deliver a baby in June. She will also continue running an entire country.
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The Washington Post reports that Ardern stated the pregnancy was not planned; she and her partner, Clarke Gayford, have said they wanted children, but were told they’d “need help for that to happen,” and plans were delayed when she was elected. Surprise! But Ardern doesn’t seem worried about having a child and doing her job. After all, people do it all the time.
“I am not the first woman to multitask. I am not the first woman to work and have a baby,” Ardern said in a news conference Friday. “We are going to make this work, and New Zealand is going to help us raise our first child.”
Ardern is from New Zealand’s Labour party, and at 37-years-old became the youngest person elected to her position in the country in a hundred years. She is only their third woman prime minister. Gayford hosts a television show about fishing and in a post on Twitter, Ardern wrote he would now be both “‘first man of fishing’ and stay at home dad.”
Ardern will take six weeks maternity leave, then return to her post. To those who have questioned her ability to work and be a new mom, Ardern said, “None of them detected I had pretty bad morning sickness for three months of establishing the government.”
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