Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters will take maternity leave at the end of 2019, but has not confirmed for how long.
Ms Chesters said she planned to talk to colleagues who had already had children while in office about how much leave they had taken. She expects to start maternity leave in November.
Ms Chesters said her office would remain open to constituents. She thanked the people of Bendigo for the support and good wishes she had already received.
Ms Chesters - who is 14 weeks pregnant - said she was in good health. Ms Chesters said she was booked in to the Bendigo Hospital, where she had met with a midwife on Wednesday morning.
"I'm a little bit overwhelmed by all the lovely comments from everybody already, I know it's fairly new," she said.
"Matt and I are just really excited and feel very fortunate to be in Bendigo and to be going through this journey together. We've got such a wonderful family and friends network, and feel incredibly supported.
"We do feel very privileged that we have such a wonderful support network."
Ms Chesters said she would put forward a leave of parliament request, to which the parliament typically agrees. She said she would then not be expected to sit in parliament for that period.
She said the baby was due at the end of the year, and parliament did not sit during December or January.
Ms Chesters has been the member for Bendigo since 2013. She was re-elected in 2019, with 58.96 per cent of two party preferred votes.
Her partner Matt Emond is a councillor for the City of Greater Bendigo.
Ms Chesters was diagnosed with a rare form of melanoma on her eyeball in 2018. She announced she was cancer free in December.
Ms Chesters' eye was initially checked by a specialist in 2014, when she was told the spot did not need to be removed.
Once colleagues started noticing it, she sought a second opinion, and the spot was removed. Testing afterward revealed the spot was cancerous.
Ms Chesters underwent radiation therapy and surgery to make sure cancer cells were cleared.
Bendigo's Member of Parliament Lisa Chesters has announced she is pregnant.
Ms Chesters issued a statement on Wednesday morning.
She said she was 14 weeks pregnant and in good health. She plans to start maternity leave in November.
Ms Chesters is expecting the baby with partner City of Greater Bendigo Councillor Matt Emond. She said they were a little nervous, but happy and excited to become a new parent.
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