Jul 19 2013

Labour TENS….. a positive experience

Published by at 3:16 pm under Birth stories

My recent experience using the Labour TENS machine during early labour with my first baby was extremely positive!

Having first heard about the benefits of using the machine through my ante-natal classes, I planned to add the TENS to my labour tools bag and ordered my machine, which was promptly delivered to my front doorstep.

On the morning of Friday 31st May, I went into early labour with contractions that were 10 minutes apart. These sensations were relatively mild, so didn’t attach the electrodes until they got a bit stronger. I found sitting on my fit ball wearing the TENS and activating it when each contraction came in waves, enabled me to stay comfortably at home until my contractions were 3 minutes apart and very strong.

Having the ability to send a warm, tingly sensation that could successfully distract me from the intensity of the crampy, tight contractions, particularly in my lower back, gave me a real sense of being in control of my pain management during early and active labour. I could adjust the frequency by turning up the charge as I needed, and back down once the contraction had passed, which allowed me to focus on deep breathing and the feeling of electrodes buzzing on my back was like a mini massage….. therefore keeping my mind away from focusing on the pain.

I highly recommend using the Labour TENS for pain relief during labour. It significantly enabled me to get through at home so that when I got to the hospital with contractions only 2 minutes apart we found I was 9 centimetres dilated and delivered my first baby “Poppy” at 11.30pm that evening.

Marnie, Vic

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