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Charlie Webster reveals she has suffered a miscarriage: Sky Sports presenter, 41, gets emotional as she  talks about ‘very recent’ heartache after going through five rounds of IVF

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Charlie Webster has suffered a miscarriage.

The Sky Sports broadcaster, 41, opened up about her recent miscarriage for the first time on Thursday and admitted she had previously hoped to announce she was expecting around now.

Appearing on Lorraine to promote her new book, Why It’s OK to Talk About Trauma: How to Make Sense of the Past and Grow Through the Pain, Charlie admitted she is ‘heartbroken’ after her recent tragic loss. 

Host Lorraine Kelly shared her sympathies with Charlie, who has gone through five rounds of IVF, as she revealed: ‘The baby would have been due round about now.’ 

Charlie then explained: ‘I did get pregnant. I did end up having a miscarriage very recently.

‘I was going to announce the pregnancy during the book’s release, so I would’ve been sat here telling you this great news.’

Charlie Webster has revealed she has suffered a miscarriage: Sky Sports presenter, 41, gets emotional as she talks about ‘very recent’ heartache after going through five rounds of IVF

Appearing on Lorraine to promote her new book, Why It’s OK to Talk About Trauma: How to Make Sense of the Past and Grow Through the Pain, Charlie admitted she is ‘heartbroken’ after her recent tragic loss

Charlie revealed she has struggled to get pregnant because of her ‘biological clock’, and she fears it may not happen for her now. 

The star has undergone IVF without a partner, after she recently told Fabulous Magazine that she is currently single, but would love to have a relationship and find love. 

She told Lorraine: ‘I’ve not ever spoke about it, and I’m glad you brought it up, because I’m 41, I feel like for so long I was told not to get pregnant.

‘My mum had me at a very young age. We’re told to get our education, which is really important, and we’re pushed into career now.

‘I strove for all these things, and I’m so proud of that and I have no regrets, and I encourage any women to do everything they want.

‘But there is a warning here, that is important because I’m in this situation now where I’m like, ‘How did this happen? Nobody informed me that it’s actually hard to get pregnant. I don’t think this is going to happen for me.’

‘It’s not because there’s something wrong with me. It is because of my biological age, and I know that’s scary for us, as women, to go, “No, there’s not a biological clock. Women can do anything, we can have it all”.

‘But I actually think that’s really irresponsible. It’s another lie. It is about informing women.

The TV star has had five rounds of IVF and confessed to Lorraine she had hoped to come on the show to share her happy pregnancy news, but sadly she recently miscarried

The TV star has had five rounds of IVF and confessed to Lorraine she had hoped to come on the show to share her happy pregnancy news, but sadly she recently miscarried 

Charlie revealed she has struggled to get pregnant because of her 'biological clock', and she fears it may not happen for her now

Holding back tears she added: 'I am heartbroken and it has been a challenging time and to write book a bout trauma and then that happened to me, it is really recent'

Charlie revealed she has struggled to get pregnant because of her ‘biological clock’, and she fears it may not happen for her now 

Host Lorraine Kelly shared her sympathies with Charlie, who has gone through five rounds of IVF , as she revealed: 'The baby would have been due round about now'

Host Lorraine Kelly shared her sympathies with Charlie, who has gone through five rounds of IVF , as she revealed: ‘The baby would have been due round about now’

‘It is true. Society has changed so much, which I’m so grateful for, but biological clock hasn’t and it is real and lying to women and saying “I don’t want to have biological clock pushed down my throat”, it”s not true.’ 

Charlie also admitted how hard IVF has been as she added: ‘It’s horrific. We don’t talk about that ever. It can really have a negative mental health impact. 

‘You inject yourself with all these hormones and then it is the “Oh is it going to happen?” And then for me it did happen but something went wrong and then you are left to deal with that.’ 

‘It is kind of ironic as I kind of wanted to show this happy ending with this book and that was what I wanted to sit here and tell you, but I hope it is still hopeful. I went back over what I had written to help myself through that.’   

Holding back tears she added: ‘I am heartbroken and it has been a challenging time and to write book a bout trauma and then that happened to me, it is really recent.’

Earlier this month, Charlie revealed she was left with post-traumatic stress disorder after a near-death experience and being abused as a teenager.

The star was given 24 hours to live after she contracted a rare form of malaria in 2016 following a charity bike ride.

Earlier this month, Charlie revealed she was left with post-traumatic stress disorder after a near-death experience after she was given 24 hours to live after she contracted a rare form of malaria in 2016 following a charity bike ride

Earlier this month, Charlie revealed she was left with post-traumatic stress disorder after a near-death experience after she was given 24 hours to live after she contracted a rare form of malaria in 2016 following a charity bike ride 

The broadcaster has opened up about her struggles in her new book Why It's OK To Talk About Trauma which she hopes will destigmatise discussion of mental health

The broadcaster has opened up about her struggles in her new book Why It’s OK To Talk About Trauma which she hopes will destigmatise discussion of mental health

Charlie became sick after attending the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics after completing a 3,000-mile bike ride from London and through Brazil.

Thinking it was just a stomach bug, Charlie went to a hospital to look for tablets and was then put into a medically induced coma and given 24 hours to live.

She managed to pull through and was flown back to the UK to carry on with her recovery, which included having to learn to walk again. 

Speaking to Fabulous magazine, Charlie told what a deeply traumatic experience this was for her.

She said: ‘I felt absolutely broken. I felt like my career had ended. I felt I’d never be myself again. I didn’t recognise myself emotionally, mentally and physically.’

Charlie had regular flashbacks of being in a coma as well as of the sexual abuse she endured as a teenager.

After suffering a panic attack while on a train from Leeds to London, Charlie sought professional help from a therapist.

She struggled with the sessions initially, finding it very difficult to let her guard down and open up.

Charlie became sick after attending the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics after completing a 3,000-mile bike ride from London and through Brazil

Charlie became sick after attending the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics after completing a 3,000-mile bike ride from London and through Brazil

At the age of 15, the presenter was abused by her athletics coach, Paul North, (left) who was convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault and one count of rape in 2002 and jailed for ten years

At the age of 15, the presenter was abused by her athletics coach, Paul North, (left) who was convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault and one count of rape in 2002 and jailed for ten years

Her hesitancy may have stemmed from experiences in her adolescence, including being raised by a controlling stepfather.

Charlie told how he was so controlling with her and her mother Joy that she feared even getting up in the night to use the bathroom because she would be told off for making any noise.

The presenter was also abused at the age of 15 by her athletics coach, Paul North, who was convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault and one count of rape in 2002 and jailed for ten years

In the BBC documentary Nowhere to Run: Abused by Our Coach, Charlie detailed the first time how North assaulted her, revealing he lured her to a private session under the pretense of helping her improve her bladder control. 

She recalled being ‘frozen’ with fear as North sexually abused her, and said that because the assault was not ‘done in a violent way’ it was more difficult to spot, adding that ‘people can’t spot the bruises in your head’. 

If you have been affected by this story, you can seek advice at www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk or by calling 01924 200 799.

The Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline is available at 0808 500 2222. 

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