Nicola Adams sweetly cradles girlfriend Ella Baig’s baby bump as couple show off pregnancy scan

She recently announced the exciting news that her girlfriend Ella Baig, 23, was pregnant after embarking on an IVF journey with a sperm donor.

And boxer Nicola Adams, 39, was the picture of happiness on Sunday as she updated fans on their pregnancy journey with a video of her rubbing Ella’s stomach. 

In the romantic video posted to her Instagram account, a radiant Ella can also be seen holding up a photo of the baby scan to the camera before pulling back and glancing up at Nicola lovingly.   

Complete: Nicola Adams, 39, was the picture of happiness on Sunday as she updated fans on their pregnancy journey with a video on her Instagram account of her rubbing girlfriend Ella Baig’s stomach 

The smitten couple announced last month that they were expecting their first child after more than two years of dating.    

Uploading the sweet video for her 182,000 followers Nicola posted:  ‘I can’t wait for the baby to be born @ella.baig.’ 

The couple both cut a casual figure while exhibiting their sheer excitement ahead of the impending arrival later this year. 

Adoring: In the romantic video posted to her Instagram account, a radiant Ella can also be seen holding up a photo of the baby scan to the camera before pulling back and glancing up at Nicola lovingly

Adoring: In the romantic video posted to her Instagram account, a radiant Ella can also be seen holding up a photo of the baby scan to the camera before pulling back and glancing up at Nicola lovingly

Parents-to-be: The couple both cut a casual figure while exhibiting their sheer excitement ahead of the impending arrival later this year

Parents-to-be: The couple both cut a casual figure while exhibiting their sheer excitement ahead of the impending arrival later this year

Baby on the way! The couple proudly showed off their baby scan

Baby on the way! The couple proudly showed off their baby scan 

Mum-to-be: Uploading the sweet video for her 182,000 followers Nicola posted: ‘I can’t wait for the baby to be born @ella.baig'

Mum-to-be: Uploading the sweet video for her 182,000 followers Nicola posted: ‘I can’t wait for the baby to be born @ella.baig’

The world renowned athlete has been busy keeping fans up to date on their pregnancy journey.

On Monday she shared a slew of loved up pictures of them both from a recent holiday on her social media. 

Nicola could be seen placing a loving hand on Ella’s tummy in one sweet image. 

Loved-up: Nicola shared some throwback snaps on Monday of herself and Ella, placing a loving hand on her pregnant girlfriend's tummy in one sweet image

Loved-up: Nicola shared some throwback snaps on Monday of herself and Ella, placing a loving hand on her pregnant girlfriend’s tummy in one sweet image

The Strictly Come Dancing star wrapped their arms around one another for the photo taken during a tropical getaway.

She uploaded the idyllic images which appear to have been from a recent lavish getaway. 

Larking around a swimming pool, the pair showed off their gym-honed physiques respectively.  

Larking about: The sports star uploaded the stunning snaps which appear to have been from a lavish getaway in the recent snap

Larking about: The sports star uploaded the stunning snaps which appear to have been from a lavish getaway in the recent snap

Showing off her rock hard abs, Nicola oozed confidence in a Nike sports bra and colourful jean shorts with an identical coloured bucket hat. 

Meanwhile, Ella wowed in a skimpy string bikini. 

The blonde beauty playfully stuck out her tongue in the images to show off a stud tongue ring.

Fit: Showing off her rock hard abs, Nicola oozed confidence in a Nike sports bra and colourful jean shorts with an identical coloured hat

Fit: Showing off her rock hard abs, Nicola oozed confidence in a Nike sports bra and colourful jean shorts with an identical coloured hat

Wow: Ella wowed in a skimpy string bikini. The blonde beauty playfully stuck out her tongue in the images to show off a stud tongue ring

Wow: Ella wowed in a skimpy string bikini. The blonde beauty playfully stuck out her tongue in the images to show off a stud tongue ring

The snaps come after Ella debuted her bourgeoning baby bump in an Instagram , which last month she had recorded while waiting in a lift. 

The influencer lifted up her yellow knitted sweater as she zoomed in on her stomach, which was visible through a pair of black leggings.

In her caption, she wrote: ‘My growing baby,’ before the professional boxer, 39, commented: ‘Wow,’ followed by three heart-eyed emojis.

Exciting: The snaps come after Ella debuted her bourgeoning baby bump in an Instagram video last week, which she had recorded while waiting in a lift

Exciting: The snaps come after Ella debuted her bourgeoning baby bump in an Instagram video last week, which she had recorded while waiting in a lift

The couple made the pregnancy reveal in a joint Instagram post earlier this month with pictures of the pair kissing and an ultrasound scan.   

Athlete Nicola revealed the couple had been trying to get pregnant for three years using IVF. 

As she had frozen her eggs during her career as an elite sportswoman, she was able to provide one to impregnate Ella with the help of a sperm donor. 

Ella, who tragically suffered two miscarriages earlier on in their fertility journey, is now in her second trimester.  

There it is! The blogger, 23, lifted up her yellow knitted sweater as she zoomed in on her stomach, which was visible through a pair of black leggings

There it is! The blogger, 23, lifted up her yellow knitted sweater as she zoomed in on her stomach, which was visible through a pair of black leggings

Looking good: Ella certainly put on a radiant display in the heartwarming clip

Looking good: Ella certainly put on a radiant display in the heartwarming clip

Adorable: In her caption, she wrote: 'My growing baby,' before the professional boxer, 39, commented: 'Wow,' followed by three heart-eyed emojis

Adorable: In her caption, she wrote: ‘My growing baby,’ before the professional boxer, 39, commented: ‘Wow,’ followed by three heart-eyed emojis

Nicola – who admitted she used to worry that she wouldn’t be able to conceive a child as a lesbian – told Vogue of their fertility journey: ‘We decided that Ella would carry the baby, that we’d use my egg, and find a sperm donor that resembled Ella. 

‘The main hurdle was not knowing as much about IVF as we do now – about the tests that needed to be done and the things to look out for which can affect the pregnancy.’ 

She revealed that they had two failed attempts at conceiving, as Ella tragically miscarried the baby. 

Wow! Boxer Nicola revealed the couple had been trying to get pregnant for three years using IVF

Wow! Boxer Nicola revealed the couple had been trying to get pregnant for three years using IVF

Nicola explained: ‘I was really upset. Of course, we knew that there was a chance of it being unsuccessful, but it’s hard to see those two lines on a pregnancy test and feel elated before having that ripped from you just a few weeks later. 

‘I was also more upset for Ella as she was the one going through the process physically. You don’t really know what to say or do – you just have to be supportive.’

Nicola, who would like to have more children with Ella in the future, said that she felt compelled to speak out due to the ‘stigma attached to the IVF process and, for same-sex couples, there’s an additional layer of complexity.’ 

The couple announced their happy news in a joint Instagram post that read: ‘We’re so excited to announce that our family is expanding.

‘After what feels like a lifetime, we can finally say we’re going to be parents! We’re so excited to share this magical journey with you all, the ups, the downs everything in between. Welcome to the world little one.’  

Cute couple: As Nicola had frozen her eggs during her career as an elite sportswoman, she was able to provide one to impregnate Ella with the help of a sperm donor

Cute couple: As Nicola had frozen her eggs during her career as an elite sportswoman, she was able to provide one to impregnate Ella with the help of a sperm donor

 

Joyous: The couple made the reveal in a joint Instagram post on Thursday with pictures of the pair kissing and an ultrasound scan

Joyous: The couple made the reveal in a joint Instagram post on Thursday with pictures of the pair kissing and an ultrasound scan

HOW DOES IVF WORK?

In-vitro fertilisation, known as IVF, is a medical procedure in which a woman has an already-fertilised egg inserted into her womb to become pregnant.

It is used when couples are unable to conceive naturally, and a sperm and egg are removed from their bodies and combined in a laboratory before the embryo is inserted into the woman.

Once the embryo is in the womb, the pregnancy should continue as normal.

The procedure can be done using eggs and sperm from a couple or those from donors. 

Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that IVF should be offered on the NHS to women under 43 who have been trying to conceive through regular unprotected sex for two years.

People can also pay for IVF privately, which costs an average of £3,348 for a single cycle, according to figures published in January 2018, and there is no guarantee of success.

The NHS says success rates for women under 35 are about 29 per cent, with the chance of a successful cycle reducing as they age.

Around eight million babies are thought to have been born due to IVF since the first ever case, British woman Louise Brown, was born in 1978.

Chances of success

The success rate of IVF depends on the age of the woman undergoing treatment, as well as the cause of the infertility (if it’s known).

Younger women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy. 

IVF isn’t usually recommended for women over the age of 42 because the chances of a successful pregnancy are thought to be too low.

Between 2014 and 2016 the percentage of IVF treatments that resulted in a live birth was:

29 per cent for women under 35

23 per cent for women aged 35 to 37

15 per cent for women aged 38 to 39

9 per cent for women aged 40 to 42

3 per cent for women aged 43 to 44

2 per cent for women aged over 44

Ella and Nicola have been dating for four years, having met on a night out in Leeds. 

Nicola was encouraged to freeze her eggs so that she wouldn’t have to choose between continuing her boxing career and having children. 

The sports star retired with an undefeated record and held the WBO female flyweight title in 2019.

Nicola was also the first openly LGBTQ+ person to win an Olympic boxing Gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.

She won the same prize at the 2016 Brazil Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, among many other accolades throughout her career.

Nicola also made history as part of the first same-sex couple on Strictly Come Dancing in 2020.    

Sweet: Ella and Nicola have been dating for four years, having met on a night out in Leeds. Nicola said Ella would be the one who gets pregnant as 'she's more nurturing'

Sweet: Ella and Nicola have been dating for four years, having met on a night out in Leeds. Nicola said Ella would be the one who gets pregnant as ‘she’s more nurturing’