FROM THE EDI­TOR

A warm preg­nancy wel­come

Little Treasures - - CONTENTS -

Our Prime Min­is­ter is preg­nant! Hav­ing a baby while in of­fice is ex­actly the kind of bold move I hoped Jacinda would make to show the world that preg­nancy and child­birth are no longer bar­ri­ers to hold­ing po­si­tions of high author­ity. In theory, of course, women haven’t had to choose be­tween a ca­reer and fam­ily for decades, but in prac­tice we all know there’s a long way to go be­fore work­places of­fer the kind of flex­i­bil­ity that al­lows women to ex­cel in a de­mand­ing ca­reer and raise a fam­ily at the same time. To find out what's in store for Jacinda when she takes her baby to work at the Beehive, turn to our in­ter­view (on page 18) with North­land MP Wil­low­jean Prime, who in Novem­ber be­came the first woman to breast­feed her baby in the de­bat­ing cham­ber in the new fam­ily-friendly Par­lia­ment. Wil­low­jean may have looked serene in the pho­to­graphs that went out around the world, but un­der the sur­face she was as ter­ri­fied as any new mum feed­ing her baby in pub­lic for the very first time. If you too are hapu, – congratulations and wel­come to our preg­nancy is­sue. On th­ese pages you’ll find fea­tures on ev­ery­thing from nav­i­gat­ing ma­ter­nity leave and cop­ing with the aches and pains of preg­nancy, to eat­ing, ex­er­cis­ing and look­ing stylish for two. (And if you just want to know how bad your morn­ing sick­ness is com­pared to other mums, turn to our scale on page 43.) Here at Lit­tle Trea­sures, we are mind­ful that one cou­ple’s baby joy is an­other cou­ple’s very pri­vate sor­row. Up to one in four couples in New Zealand is af­fected by in­fer­til­ity, and in our own reader poll, eight per cent of you told us that you had con­ceived a child by IVF. The IVF jour­ney is an emo­tional roller­coaster that can last for years, and on page 32, you’ll find three couples who have gen­er­ously shared their sto­ries of vul­ner­a­bil­ity and courage. Wher­ever you are on the par­ent­ing jour­ney, the Lit­tle Trea­sures com­mu­nity is here for you with sol­i­dar­ity, ad­vice and words of en­cour­age­ment.

Bianca Zan­der EDI­TOR

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