New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday that she is pregnant with her first child and likely to give birth while in office.
She said she found out she was pregnant just a week before leading the country’s Labour Party to victory.
She revealed she and partner Clarke Gayford believed they would not be able to conceive naturally, and the pregancy had caught them off guard.
“We had been told that it was unlikely that we would be able to have a family without help,” Ms Ardern told Sky News.
“It was a week before (Deputy Prime Minister) Winston Peters made his decision about how to form a coalition government….so it’s been a long time to carry that secret.”
Ms Ardern, 37, said she had previously spoken about the possibility of being a mother and PM during the election campaign, but like many expectant parents in the early stages of pregancy, had waited to share the news “with good reason”.
Mr Gayford is a TV presenter.