Queensland Labor senator Nita Green has announced she and her wife Lacey are expecting their first child early next year.
Nita Green, who is based in Cairns, was elected as a Senator for Queensland at the 2019 federal election.
“My wife Lacey and I are excited to announce that I am pregnant with our first child. We are looking forward to becoming parents early next year,” she told her Facebook followers.
“Like so many families, falling pregnant during the pandemic hasn’t been a straightforward journey.
“But we are extremely grateful and hoping for a healthy and happy baby.”
The politician told the Courier-Mail she and Lacey had been trying for a baby for two years. The couple have gone through numerous rounds of IVF in that time.
“I don’t think anyone can prepare you for the emotional toll (of IVF), that disappointment, and also the physical toll that it takes,” she said.
The senator shared that in late 2020, she sadly suffered a miscarriage nine weeks into her pregnancy.
“It’s just incredibly heartbreaking. It doesn’t matter if you know the statistics or not,” she told the Courier-Mail.
“When you fall pregnant and then you lose that pregnancy, there’s just a little hole in your heart that you can never really fill again.”
Senator Green said while pregnancy loss or using IVF is common, it’s often not spoken about.
She said it’s important to do so in a bid to end stigma so women “won’t feel as alone.”
Labor Senator Nita Green urges COVID-19 vaccination
On Friday, Senator Green also told her Facebook followers she’d received her first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
“I know many pregnant women would feel hesitant about the vaccine,” she wrote.
“But I encourage them to get health advice from their treating doctors if they have any questions or concerns.
“It’s vital that pregnant women get vaccinated and are given access to the vaccine as part of the priority groups.
Senator Green also added, “Vickie the clinic manager and Lisa my lovely nurse are doing such a fantastic job getting Cairns immunised.
“If you haven’t done it yet, book your appointment today.”
Yeah baby! Pregnant and vaxxed!!
Thanks to my nurse Lisa who walked me through all questions I had.
— Senator Nita Green (@nitagreenqld) August 20, 2021
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