New Zealand's prime minister is pregnant. What will leading a country with a newborn look like?

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New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has only been in office since October. And now, along with still getting used to her new position of power, she’ll have another job to learn from scratch: motherhood.

On Friday, Ardern, 37, announced that she is pregnant, expecting her first child in June, and that her husband, Clarke Gayford, planned to take a leave from his job as the host of a TV show about fishing to be a stay-at-home dad.

She made her announcement at a news conference, saying that she was “not the first woman to multitask,” nor the first “to work and have a baby,” but adding that she’d suffered from “pretty bad” morning sickness in her first trimester, and that she wasn’t sure “how the government cars would feel about having a baby seat in them.”

This is not the first time a woman leading a nation has given birth in office, though it is a very rare occurrence indeed — the most recent time being in 1990, when the late Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister of Pakistan, gave birth to her daughter Bakhtawar. Here, a look back at all the times a woman gave birth while leading a country.

<p>New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford are expecting their first child in June 2018, an announcement they made on Friday. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters will take on Prime Ministerial duties for six weeks after the baby is born. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford are expecting their first child in June 2018, an announcement they made on Friday. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters will take on Prime Ministerial duties for six weeks after the baby is born. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>Jacinda Ardern, center, after her party’s October victory. She is the third woman to lead her country. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

Jacinda Ardern, center, after her party’s October victory. She is the third woman to lead her country. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, who served from 1988 to 1990, and again from 1993 to 1996 (and was assasinated in 2007) is the only other leader in modern history to give birth while in office. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, who served from 1988 to 1990, and again from 1993 to 1996 (and was assasinated in 2007) is the only other leader in modern history to give birth while in office. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>When Bhutto, who was the first-ever female leader of a Muslim nation, gave birth to her daughter Bakhtawar (shown here) in 1990, she had been in office just a little over a year. Her first child was born just a couple of months before she took office in 1988, and her third child was also an infant when she took office for the second time. (AP Photo) </p>
Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan

When Bhutto, who was the first-ever female leader of a Muslim nation, gave birth to her daughter Bakhtawar (shown here) in 1990, she had been in office just a little over a year. Her first child was born just a couple of months before she took office in 1988, and her third child was also an infant when she took office for the second time. (AP Photo)

<p>The current Queen of the United Kingdom had two of her four children — Prince Andrew and Prince Edward — during her reign. She is seen here on the grounds of Balmoral Castle with Prince Charles, Princess Anne, and Prince Philip, who holds baby Prince Andrew on his lap. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom

The current Queen of the United Kingdom had two of her four children — Prince Andrew and Prince Edward — during her reign. She is seen here on the grounds of Balmoral Castle with Prince Charles, Princess Anne, and Prince Philip, who holds baby Prince Andrew on his lap. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>Princess Elizabeth, future Queen Elizabeth II, is shown gazing at her month-old son Prince Charles. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom

Princess Elizabeth, future Queen Elizabeth II, is shown gazing at her month-old son Prince Charles. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>Queen Victoria (1819-1901) had nine children during her reign, which began in 1837. Her first child, also Victoria, was born in 1840, and her youngest, Beatrice (pictured here with her mother) was born 17 years later in 1857. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images) </p>
Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria (1819-1901) had nine children during her reign, which began in 1837. Her first child, also Victoria, was born in 1840, and her youngest, Beatrice (pictured here with her mother) was born 17 years later in 1857. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

<p>Queen Victoria and Prince Albert shown with some of their children in 1846, in a painting by F. Winterhalter. (Photo: Culture Club/Getty Images) </p>
Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert shown with some of their children in 1846, in a painting by F. Winterhalter. (Photo: Culture Club/Getty Images)

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