So why should you pack a TENS machine into your birth bag!?
What is a TENS machine?
TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation! (Sounds scary but promise it’s not!) in fact using a TENS machine can help you have a more comfortable labour!
A handheld portable device connected to electrodes which are placed on the lower back via sticky pads. Controlled by you, the TENS machine sends small electrical impulses (which may feel tingly or prickly) during your labour, and you can boost their intensity whilst you're having a contraction!
How does a TENS machine work?
Using a TENS machine at low-intesity works on the theory that only a certain stimuli can get through to the brain. So by using a TENS machine, you’re flooding the brain with this sensory buzzing feeling so that the brain can’t really perceive the sensation from contractions as much! Making labour more comfortable! Clever huh!?
Using a TENS machine at high-intensity (therefore stimulating the body with another source of pain!) can trigger your body to release endorphins (natures own pain relief!). Endorphins can also be 'banked' to help you later on in labour.
Where can I buy a TENS machine?
TENS machines are not provided on the NHS. Instead, you can either hire a TENS machine online or buy from your local pharmacy, or online.
I highly recommend BabyCare TENS machines.
You can use my AFF code of 10BIRTHBASE for 10% off full priced purchases and hires and on the Sensatone pelvic floor toner here.
Would you/have you used a TENS machine in labour? What was your experience like? Let me know in the comments below or if you have any questions!
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