What Is Ectopic Pregnancy? 'Too Hot to Handle' Star Shares Her Tragic Loss

Too Hot to Handle star Emily Miller revealed to social media Friday that she has suffered an ectopic pregnancy.

The star of Season 2 of the Netflix series Too Hot to Handle took to Instagram to share her story on her heartbreaking loss. Her post has over 500,000 likes.

"So a few weeks ago I discovered I was pregnant. Although it was a shock it was something I was also quite excited about. However on Tuesday I collapsed whilst being at the shops. I cannot even describe to you the pain- it felt like my whole stomach was collapsing and was quickly rushed to hospital," she began her lengthy post.

She explained while at the hospital, nurses discussed what happened. The professionals came to the conclusion that she had an ectopic pregnancy.

A typical pregnancy begins as the fertilized egg attaches itself to the main cavity of the uterus. However, an ectopic pregnancy happens when that fertilized egg ends up in the fallopian tube. An ectopic pregnancy can also happen in an ovary and the abdominal cavity, according to Mayo Clinic. These types of pregnancies unfortunately cannot continue; the egg can't survive, and it can be harmful to the mother if not treated as soon as possible.

About one in every 50 pregnancies in the United States results in an ectopic pregnancy, per VeryWellFamily.

Emily Miller suffering from ectopic pregnancy
Newsweek discusses what a ectopic pregnancy is as 'Too Hot to Handle' star reveals heartbreaking loss. Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

Signs of an ectopic pregnancy include dizziness or fainting, rectal pressure, vaginal bleeding and severe pain in the abdomen, pelvis, shoulder or neck, via Healthline.

Are you at risk for an ectopic pregnancy? According to Cleveland Clinic, some symptoms can include if you had a previous ectopic pregnancy, have pelvic inflammatory disease, previous surgery on your fallopian tubes, history of infertility, endometriosis, STD's or a history of smoking.

"There are a couple ways that this [ectopic pregnancy] can be treated," says BSN, RN, CEN Meris Shuwarger on YouTube, "One is methotrexate. Methotrexate is a medication that can be given to the patient that will actually cause the pregnancy to end and for the body to absorb it."

"The other is surgery. The patient can have surgery to remove the pregnancy especially if they already ruptured that tube or they are about to rupture that fallopian tube. This is very, very dangerous for this patient. So we can't wait for methotrexate basically. We need to get that pregnancy away from the tube so that our patient does not hemorrhage, go into shock and die," she continued.

How do you prevent an ectopic pregnancy? According to Everyday Health, there isn't a way to stop an ectopic pregnancy from occurring. However, there are ways to lower the risk of one including stopping smoking and using protection when having sex.