Olympic champ Nicola Adams and Ella Baig are expecting a baby after miscarriage heartbreak
The couple, who have suffered two miscarriages on their fertility journey, shared the happy news with a joint post on Instagram on Thursday (17 February).
Adams, 39, revealed that the couple has been trying to get pregnant via IVF for the past three years using eggs the boxer had frozen earlier in her career.
The double Olympic champion, who won her first gold medal in London in 2012 and her second in Rio in 2016, confirmed she had been able to provide the egg used to impregnate Baig, 23, with the help of a sperm donor.
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 🪐 pic.twitter.com/BTLesRX12L
— Nicola Adams (@NicolaAdamsOBE) February 17, 2022
“We’re so excited to announce that our family is expanding,” the pair’s message read. “After what feels like a lifetime, we can finally say we’re going to be parents!”
They concluded: “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.”
Ella Baig and Nicola Adams have been dating for four years after first meeting on a night out in Leeds.
Speaking about their fertility journey to Vogue, Adams explained: “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.”
The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant also opened up about the two failed attempts the couple had when trying to conceive as she continued: “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 Adams is known for breaking down barriers as an athlete, as a woman, and as an LGBT+ person.
Nicola was also the first openly LGBT+ person to win an Olympic boxing Gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.
She became the first-ever female boxer to win an Olympic gold medal, after playing a key role in having the sport finally recognised at the games that same year.
The sports star retired with an undefeated record and held the WBO female flyweight title in 2019.
Adams also made history as part of the first same-sex couple on Strictly Come Dancing in 2020.
The boxer previously revealed that she was encouraged to freeze her eggs so she wouldn’t have to choose between continuing her boxing career and having children.