New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford announce their pregnancy with their first child to media at press conference in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (Greg Bowker/New Zealand Herald via AP)
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Friday she is expecting her first baby, and is set to become the country's first leader to give birth while in office.Ardern said she would take six weeks off after the birth of her child, with maverick Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters taking the reins of office.While several male prime ministers have become parents in office – including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair – late Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is believed to have been the first head of government to have given birth during her term, when she had a baby in 1990 .Ex-New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, Ardern's mentor early in her career, said her former charge was in for "a super busy year".
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