New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Reports say New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that she is pregnant.

Ms Ardern said she and her partner, Clarke Gayford, were expecting their child in June, after which she planned to take a six-week break.

“And we thought 2017 was a big year!” she wrote on Instagram.

Ms Ardern (37) is now set to be the second elected world leader to give birth while in office – and the first to do so in almost 30 years.

In 1990, Benazir Bhutto gave birth to a daughter while serving as Pakistan’s prime minister – in what was reported to be a first for an elected leader, rather than royal families.

Ms Ardern became New Zealand’s youngest prime minister since 1856 when she formed a centre-left coalition in October.

She was flooded with support after making the announcement on her social media profiles on Friday.

Ms Ardern’s Labour Party came second in September’s election, where no party was able to secure a majority.

She formed a government with the backing of Winston Peters, leader of the small New Zealand First party.

“As is the case when I am overseas, Mr Peters will act as prime minister, working with my office while staying in touch with me,” Ms Ardern said in a statement reported by the New Zealand Herald on Friday.

She added: “I fully intend to be contactable and available throughout the six-week period when needed.”

Ms Ardern said she discovered her pregnancy only six days before learning she would be prime minister, and it was “100% a surprise”.

“I am not the first woman to multi-task. I am not the first woman to work and have a baby – there are many women who have done this before,” she said.

Mr Gayford would be a “stay-at-home” dad, she added.

Two of New Zealand’s former prime ministers were among the first to offer congratulations.

-BBC