>> New Zealand's new prime minister stepping out with some unexpected news.>> It's an unusual announcement. Clarke and I are really excited to share, as you already know that in June we're looking forward to welcoming our first child.>> Jacinda Ardern will take on parenthood when she gives birth in June.
She plans to take a six-week break, during which time Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters will step in. Her pregnancy is one of the very few examples of an elected leader holding office while pregnant. Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto gave birth while in office in 1990, in what was said to be a world first.
Ardern was only sworn into office in October, after a closely fought election. She is New Zealand's youngest prime minister in more than half a century, and has become hugely popular in her rise to power. Ardern says she learned that she was expecting just days before she took office.
Local media reporting, she struggled with morning sickness while forming her government. She's also dealt with unwelcome questions over balancing work and family life.>> Look, I hear lots of stories about women who face that dilemma at various stages, regardless of when they go back. I have to acknowledge though, that my job is different.