Sport Ireland has introduced a maternity policy which guarantees 12 months’ funding for pregnant athletes.
Under the policy carded athletes will continue to receive financial support until the birth, after which they are assured another six months’ worth.
The action comes after Sport Ireland conducted research into how best to support its elite athletes.
“The athlete is at the heart of everything we do,” said Chief Executive John Treacy.
“[The policy] will give our athletes peace of mind and support in their decision to start a family and continue to compete,” he added.
The subject of female athletes suffering financially for having a child was thrust into the spotlight earlier this year when six-time Olympic gold medallist Allyson Felix said Nike wanted to pay her 70% less after she became a mother.