I’m going to share something most don’t know about me. .
On December 16, 2015, after 3 days of labor, we welcomed our premature baby at 35 weeks 5 days. Luckily, his lungs and all major organs were developed. I’ll never forget the neonatologist standing over me and saying “don’t be alarmed if he doesn’t scream or move. We don’t know how developed he’s going to be.” Thankfully, he came out screaming like a banshee, and we all took a deep breath of relief. He was in the nicu for 7 days due to breastfeeding jaundice (because breastmilk doesn’t go through they’re system, he wasn’t able to get the bilirubin out. He had to be formula-fed for 3 days). .
Fast forward to almost exactly 2 years later, we found out I was pregnant again. Yay! Right? Not really. .
While I tried to be as excited as possible, nothing could shake the fear of having another premature baby and going through all of that again. The fear, the anxiety, the anger, the depression, and the never-ending tears. .
Because of my history of premature labor, my ob/gyn told me that I had to get a shot of progesterone every week from 16 to 36 weeks to keep me pregnant. Believe me when I say that I would’ve taken the shot every single day if that avoided preterm labor. .
While the shots do hurt and it’s pretty painful to get an injection with progesterone and oil (imagine a giant syringe filled with oil and slowly injecting that into your glut ), it’s nothing I can’t handle. .
One side effect that I didn’t realize was that I would have these giant lumps at the injection site because the base is oil. .
Every Monday night after I get my shot, I dilute 3 drops of frankincense in vitamin e oil and rub it on the injection site. This helps the lump go away faster and helps the pain and itchiness disappear. .
I never knew my love of frank until I got my premium starter kit, and I never knew 2 years later that I would still be depending on my oils during my pregnancy for different reasons. During the first pregnancy, it was for stress relief and skin care. During this pregnancy, I still use them for stress relief, but now I use them I help soothe side effects from my injections.