Pain relief in labour

One of my hypnobirthing mums asked me about the TENS machine and I realised I’ve not done a post to date about it 🤦🏼‍♀️ A very good question and so gave me inspiration for my next post. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I had a tens machine when pregnant with Jorja and decided to try it out one evening at home. Always a good idea! Little did I know I would go into labour that night 😱 Turns out it didn’t work....it was a dud, so Marcus frantically went to source another one. After all that I personally didn’t use it in the end, mainly because I kinda forgot about it but I still want you to be aware of what it is in case you want to try it out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ TENS machines are said to work best in early labour. It’s a non-invasive, super safe, option for you and baby with no side effects (provided you DO NOT use it in water). . . While it’s not known exactly how a TENS machine helps to relieve pain, it’s thought that the pulses ‘distract’ the nerves that are transmitting pain. Using one may also boost your endorphin levels; your body’s natural form of pain defence which if we could bottle would be more powerful than morphine 🤯 . . The TENS machine is a hand held device and when using it, you might feel a buzzing, tingling, or prickling sensation wherever the pads are placed. See in the picture 👆🏻 the pads are placed on her lower back. . . So, good form of pain relief in labour, or just a distraction? Tell me about your experiences!?



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