But in 2016, the reality star was confronted with a very serious situation, which, had she ignored, could have been fatal.
Charlotte suffered an ectopic pregnancy at the age of 25, which led to her undergoing surgery to remove her Fallopian tube. But before she experienced it, she didn’t know what an ectopic pregnancy was.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk for Fertility Month, the 28-year-old explained: ‘I didn’t know what it was, I didn’t know the signs, I didn’t know the symptoms, so that’s why I didn’t know what was going on with body. I didn’t know the extremes of what could have happened, until I woke up after the operation and I’d lost my left Fallopian tube and a section of my ovaries, because it had all ripped open.’
An ectopic pregnancy is a fairly common (1 in 80 pregnancies are affected) but potentially life-threatening condition, which means an out-of-place pregnancy. It happens when a fertilised egg implants outside the womb – most often in the Fallopian tube. It is not possible to move an ectopic pregnancy into the womb to develop normally. As the pregnancy continues to grow, it can damage the Fallopian tube or cause it to burst – resulting in internal bleeding and extreme pain.
Charlotte said: ‘One day, I was filming an advert for Geordie Shore, the last series I was in, and I started feeling excruciating pains – not normal pain, it was like someone was digging a knife into the side of my body. They would come and go, and I let it go for about a week.
‘I was still working, I had a really busy week in work – I had photo shoots, I had personal trainer days for my DVD, I was doing Geordie Shore press, I had press for my book that was coming out. But all that week, I was experiencing those excruciating pains. For a couple of days they passed, but then they came back ten times worse.’
There finally came a moment where work-mad Charlotte couldn’t ignore the pain anymore, and she knew something was wrong.
‘My agent said we could call a doctor out to the hotel, but at that moment in time, I knew it was nothing a doctor in a hotel room could solve, it was much worse than that. The pain felt like my organs were being ripped open, and I knew I needed to go to hospital. At that point, I was scared. I was really scared.’
Thankfully, Charlotte was treated in time, and had surgery to remove her Fallopian tube – although a doctor told her that if she’d have left it any longer, she could have died.
The chances of having a successful pregnancy are good after having an ectopic pregnancy, but after going through the trauma of an ectopic pregnancy, Charlotte was confronted with her fertility when she hadn’t really thought about it before.
She said: ‘I’d never really thought seriously about having children and starting a family and getting pregnant, but I did after the operation. I was all of a sudden so scared that it would be harder for me, would it even happen for me. But the doctor did reassure me that I would be able to have children, I can have a family as big as I want.’
Charlotte’s experience was no doubt distressing, but she is turning that trauma into something good by helping raise awareness of ectopic pregnancies amongst others. The Newcastle lass is an ambassador for the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, who told us of the enormous impact Charlotte had by speaking out.
Munira Oza, director of the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, told us: ‘Charlotte’s bravery raised awareness around ectopic pregnancies and better understanding of the symptoms.
‘After Charlotte spoke about her experience in Heat magazine, traffic to the EPT website went up by 600% in three days and social media engagement increased by 460%.
‘Charlotte works incredibly hard and she reaches a younger demographic of girls, helping them understand the signs to look out for. We got calls to the helpline from girls who believed they were going through the same thing as Charlotte.’
What is an ectopic pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a woman’s fertilised egg gets stuck outside the womb, rather than into the endometrium. This usually happens in the Fallopian tube, although there are other sites an ectopic pregnancy can be located.
It can be difficult to diagnose as it often presents with symptoms suggestive of miscarriage, appendicitis or gastroenteritis.
A number of factors can make ectopic pregnancies more likely, but it’s important to remember that it is not your fault and you could have done nothing to prevent it happening.
Symptoms of ectopic pregnancy
Tummy pain: Typically low down on one side. Stomach pain can be caused by a lot of things, but it’s always best to get medical advice.
Vaginal bleeding: Different to a regular period, may be watery and dark brown in colour.
Shoulder tip pain: An unusual pain where your shoulder ends and arm begins, which can be caused by internal bleeding.
Discomfort when having a wee or a poo
A sharp, sudden and intense pain in your tummy
Feeling dizzy or fainting
Looking very pale
What to do?
If experiencing any of these symptoms, go to your GP, dial the NHS Direct 111 service by dialling 111, or go to your local A&E department.
One girl even wrote to Charlotte, telling her that she went to hospital after seeing the reality star discuss the symptoms in a magazine – a move which may have saved her life.
Charlotte said: ‘It’s actually helping to do good and to help people understand ectopic pregnancies, the signs and the symptoms before it’s too late.’
For more information, or to donate, please visit the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust.