‘Hopefully I’ll bounce back!’ Nicola Adams’ pregnant girlfriend Ella Baig confirms she’ll be having a C-section as she reflects on difficult IVF battle

Nicola Adams‘ pregnant girlfriend Ella Baig has confirmed she will have a Caesarean-section instead of a natural birth after a difficult journey to conceive through IVF treatment.

Former boxer Nicola, 39, and her model girlfriend, 24, announced they are expecting a baby in February, before revealing it will be a boy during a later gender reveal. 

The couple who have been together for four years, conceived after their fourth round of IVF, having started their fertility treatment in 2019. 

Appearing on Monday’s edition of Loose Women, Ella – who says she ‘always wanted to carry their child’ – said she hoped to ‘bounce back’ quite quickly following the birth. 

Opening up:  Nicola Adams’ pregnant girlfriend Ella Baig has confirmed she will have a Caesarean-section instead of a natural birth after a difficult journey to conceive

Ella told the ITV panel: ‘It’s been a few years. We went through 3 IVF cycles. We had one failed, one miscarriage and one baby.

‘I’m in the second trimester now, so past the hard bit. Unfortunately I had very very bad morning sickness.’

She added: ‘It was brutal. It was funny smells and sick. I was really worried. I kept asking “are you sure you wanna try again” and worried it was too soon, but luckily it’s all fine.’

Happy news: Former boxer Nicola and her model girlfriend announced they are expecting a baby in February, before revealing it will be a boy during a later gender reveal

Happy news: Former boxer Nicola and her model girlfriend announced they are expecting a baby in February, before revealing it will be a boy during a later gender reveal

Nicola admitted she ‘didn’t realise how IVF was seen outside of sport’ after believing people did it purely ‘so they can focus on their job.’ 

The ex boxer froze her eggs during her career as an elite sportswomen, using one to impregnate Ella with the help of a sperm donor.  

She explained: ‘Yeah. I was recommended to [freeze my eggs]. I didn’t realise how much or how IVF is seen outside of the sports perspective. 

‘I support every woman in every business and career. I just thought that a lot of people just did that so they can concentrate on their work.’

Exciting times: The couple who have been together four years, are expecting a baby after their fourth round of IVF, having started their fertility treatment in 2019

Exciting times: The couple who have been together four years, are expecting a baby after their fourth round of IVF, having started their fertility treatment in 2019

Opening up: Nicola admitted she 'didn't realise how IVF was seen outside of sport' after believing people did it purely 'so they can focus on their job'

Opening up: Nicola admitted she ‘didn’t realise how IVF was seen outside of sport’ after believing people did it purely ‘so they can focus on their job’ 

The smitten couple recently did a gender reveal which involved displaying a blue and pink paint splattered canvas before they pealed back letters to uncover the words, ‘It’s a boy!’.

Explaining the idea behind the reveal, Ella said: ‘We were sort of hesitant about doing one because it’s controversial in the LGBTQ+ community. 

‘We tried to do it to raise awareness of gender sterotypes so started with pink and blue and destroyed all that when we revealed it was a boy.’

Parents-to-be: Nicola froze her eggs during her career as an elite sportswomen, using one to impregnate Ella with the help of a sperm donor

Parents-to-be: Nicola froze her eggs during her career as an elite sportswomen, using one to impregnate Ella with the help of a sperm donor

The couple looked radiant on the daytime TV show, Nicola looked chic in a light blue suit with a different shade of blue T-shirt underneath.  

Ella showed off her growing baby bump in a stunning white and red midi dress with puff sleeves.  

The parents to be, described the process of picking a sperm donor ‘like shopping’. 

Ella said: ‘You get to see a baby photo and lots of information about them. It’s literally like shopping.’  

Future goals: The smitten couple 'are planning' on having more children 'but are keeping it out of mind for now'

Future goals: The smitten couple ‘are planning’ on having more children ‘but are keeping it out of mind for now’

When asked by the Loose Women if they hope to have more children, the model said: ‘We are planning but keeping it out of mind for now.’ 

Nicola also revealed how she has taken up acting despite hoping their little boy will want to box.

She said: ‘Yeah definitely, there’ll be a lot of pressure.  I’m working on my acting career now though. It was one of my passions alongside boxing.

‘Now I’ve got the opportunity to do that now. I’m doing classes, self-tapes. It’s going really well.’  

Loved up: The smitten couple recently did a gender reveal which involved a blue and pink paint splattered canvas before they pealed back letters to uncover the words, 'It's a boy!'

Loved up: The smitten couple recently did a gender reveal which involved a blue and pink paint splattered canvas before they pealed back letters to uncover the words, ‘It’s a boy!’

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