Ben (Bernadette) Buckley, an investment relations representative from Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, was diagnosed with gestational diabetes when she was 24 weeks pregnant with her daughter Ava (Ava was born on the 27 April this year). However, Ben was told she could have been at risk earlier on in the pregnancy. She had never heard of gestational diabetes up to that point.

“When I had my first daughter almost 12 years ago, I can’t recall any mention of it or anyone at the antenatal clinic having it, but I met several women who had it this time round.”