An Ohio woman who posed in August with 20,000 bees while pregnant has suffered a stillbirth.
Emily Mueller, 33, revealed on Nov. 12 that her baby died in the womb, reports the Daily Mail.
Stillbirth is defined as the death of a baby after the 20th week of pregnancy but before delivery, explains the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin. A miscarriage, in contrast, is when a baby dies before the 20th week of pregnancy.
"So many people awaited the arrival of our sweet famous baby who was the star of our wonderful bee maternity photo shoot. Jesus decided he needed his own beekeeper and took our precious son, Emersyn Jacob, back up to Heaven with him," Mueller wrote in a lengthy post on Facebook.
The 33-year-old mother of three other children added: "Our hearts are deeply saddened and broken more than we could have ever imagined. All we truly want are prayers for our family during this difficult time as they have been allowing us to move forward and heal."
She explained that she first noticed her baby's lack of movement on Nov. 9.
"By evening I began to realize I had not felt baby move much and had contractions that felt different than any I have had before," she wrote. "I just told myself he was sleeping but as the time passed, I felt uneasy about it."
So she and her husband went to the hospital, where they were given the news that the baby had died.
"I truly thought we would be sent home with a smile, telling us to just wait for the arrival of our sweet Emersyn, who was due in 6 days," Mueller wrote. "Finding out your baby died is unfathomable. Learning you have to be induced and deliver your deceased child is way beyond that."
Regarding the suspected cause of death, she said: "I have a very strong feeling that this was a blood clotting issue as those traits have been affecting our immediate family for some time."
Mueller, who runs a honey bee removal company with her husband, generated controversy when she did the maternity photo shoot with bees covering her belly in an attempt to raise awareness about how gentle they are.
But as she explained, "Bees have been a huge part of our lives for the past few years so I wanted to incorporate them into something important to me -- like my maternity photos."
Despite being covered by 20,000 bees, she suffered only three minor stings.
According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23,595 stillbirths occurred in the United States in 2013, reports The New York Times.