Tens machine

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  1. Natalie8964

    Natalie8964 Well-Known Member

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    Just wondering if any lovely ladies here have used a tens machine in labour and have any feedback? There is a highly rated one on Amazon which has 20% off at the minute, I'm tempted but thought I'd see if any mummies had any thoughts on using one :) TIA x
     
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    PinkFlamingo Well-Known Member

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    Ooo I’ll be following this....
     
  3. WinterWolf

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    I’ve not used one but I’ve heard mixed reviews.. they work really well for some but can make labour worse for others. I think baby’s position makes a big difference there. Does your hospital give you the option to hire one? Mine did. It may be cheaper than buying one.
     
  4. Natalie8964

    Natalie8964 Well-Known Member

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    @WinterWolf I'm not sure, I think I'd rather have my own so I can use it in early labour. I've heard mostly good things, but might hold off until I'm a bit further along or have some more feedback!
     
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    chattychar1990 Well-Known Member

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    I haven't really heard of anyone that has used one. Would love to hear some reviews though x
     
  6. JennyS85

    JennyS85 Well-Known Member

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    I did hire one through the NCT when pregnant with my son. Think it was about £25 and you had it for something like 8 weeks spanning due date. In the end I had a super quick labour so didn’t actually get it out of the case Sorry not much help!
     
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    I hired one from the community midwives at about 38 weeks. I didn't have a particularly straightforward labour unfortunately so it's difficult to say if it helped or not. I managed to get into established labour using one before I had complications and had to be admitted. I certainly could have carried on using it at home pain wise for longer had I not needed to go in. Although I can't give a clear success story, I'd certainly be willing to give it a try again. Hope that helps.
     
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  8. Summerwine

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    I used Babycare Elle Tens machine for both my labours.

    During the first labour it was a huge help, especially for the car journey to hospital.

    For my second labour, it made the pain worse - BUT it was a different sort of pain with the Tens so I continued using it for a while as a distraction.

    If we were having another, it would definitely be going in my hospital bag again. X
     
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  9. VictoriaNi

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    I used a tens machine in my first labour, i hated it. It made me feel more uncomfortable. Although I was well into my labour when my midwife suggested trying it. So I was probably too far gone. It maybe works best for early labour and contractions. Everyone is different but so it could be a real help for you, worth a try! Anything is worth a try hehe.
     
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    I used a tens machine in my last labour. I'm not convinced it helped with pain relief, however I do feel it gave me a distraction using the boost button with each contraction. I plan to use tens again this time
     
  11. EmilyMaria

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    My plan is to water birth. But if for any reason I can not do the water birth as planned I would definitely try this. I have never given birth before but I think anything that is not a drug that could potentially help is worth a go. Maybe I will buy one *just in case*.
     
  12. Natalie8964

    Natalie8964 Well-Known Member

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    My plan is water birth too but tens machine is most effective in early labour, so id be using it while labouring at home until I got to the birth centre to use the pool x
     
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  13. Princess81

    Princess81 Well-Known Member

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    I haven’t used one myself but have heard many many positive things about them. I will consider it this time.
    I’ve seen women in labour saying it’s not working, they take it off and then realise how well it actually was working ;)

    top tip..... not to be used in the water :lol:
     
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  14. EmilyMaria

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    Haha!
     
  15. TTC no2

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    I haven't used one before but given it a go this time. I've just rented one. Really hope it will help with the early labour as I intend to stay home for as long as I can. Will hopefully be able to tell u what it like in the next few weeks:cheer:
     
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