10/18/2012 04:15 EDT | Updated 12/18/2012 05:12 EST

PQ minister Veronique Hivon quits cabinet because of pregnancy

QUEBEC - Parti Quebecois minister Veronique Hivon is resigning from cabinet because she is pregnant.

Hivon, 42, has been junior public health minister for a month or so since the PQ's election victory in September.

She is not vacating her seat in the Joliette riding north of Montreal she has represented since 2008.

Hivon told a news conference her doctors said she is at risk for health problems and that she needs to slow down.

"Of course, I want to do everything in my power to have a successful pregnancy, so that is what is governing me right now," said Hivon, who has a four-year-old adopted daughter.

"I think this has to take precedence."

Hivon said she has enjoyed her brief spell in cabinet and that it was a surprise when she found out she was pregnant.

She is still hoping for a long political career.

"I will come back in whatever circumstances....I will have challenges," Hivon added.