Sore feet the only worry for preg­nant New Zealand PM

Global Times - - Mosaic -

New Zealand Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern joked Mon­day that sore feet and be­ing “a lit­tle slow go­ing up­stairs” were her only wor­ries as she be­gan a Euro­pean tour while seven months preg­nant.

Ardern, 37, be­came prime min­is­ter last Oc­to­ber af­ter a whirl­wind rise and then sur­prised the na­tion again in Jan­uary by an­nounc­ing she was set to be­come a mum for the first time.

Since then, the Pa­cific na­tion has been fas­ci­nated by the ar­rival of the baby while the PM has emerged as a role model for work­ing moth­ers.

“The early stages were prob­a­bly the most dif­fi­cult be­cause I had such bad morn­ing sick­ness and at that point no one even knew,” Ardern told AFP in Paris.

Ardern was vis­it­ing France dur­ing a week of meet­ings that will see her travel to Ber­lin and then Lon­don, where she will at­tend a Com­mon­wealth Sum­mit on Thurs­day and Fri­day.

“It hasn’t changed my ap­proach to my work. I’m a lit­tle slow go­ing up stairs but I’d say that’s about the end of it,” she told AFP.

But a day of meet­ings about trade and se­cu­rity at the French pres­i­den­tial palace with leader Em­manuel Macron and a speech at Sciences Po Uni­ver­sity had also taken its toll.

“There’s no doubt my feet hurt a bit more, but it’s not im­pact­ing on my abil­ity to do the job,” she smiled af­ter apol­o­giz­ing for wear­ing socks but no shoes dur­ing an in­ter­view.

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