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Tens machine - friend or foe?

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glitternanny Fri 14-Oct-11 11:45:42

just wondered whether you ladies could help a first timer.

Did you have a tens machine?

Did it help?

Which one did you use or are they all pretty much the same?

My oh used one for back painand said it was rubbish but my sisters and friends and many others in labour liked it and it benefited them.

BreeVanDerTramp Fri 14-Oct-11 11:49:02

Friend for a short time, the problem with mine was that I used it during induction with Synto so had wires from tens, wires from CTG monitor and several drips - this all worked in harmony until I needed to pee, DH 'helped' me get the tens off by whiping it up to full pelt - the midwifes ran in as I was screaming like a banshee with her finger stuck in a plug socket. After that contractions were a breeze grin

Matronalia Fri 14-Oct-11 14:40:31

Friend. But I had it on from first contractions so it could build up over time. You should also give it a try before labour to help you understand how it feels (this was recommended in the booklet) and to familiarise yourself with the controls. You know that relaxed happy post-orgasmic feeling; well thats what it felt like, I was completely relaxed and chilled-out. In labour I was able to hold onto that feeling, gave me more confidence. It is very good for back to back labours, it provides excellent counterpressure if you have back contractions, plus the longer labours mean that you can build up a much larger level of endorphins in your system.

Second labour DH decided to show DMother how it worked just as I was in transition. Screamed like BreeVanDerTramp and swore at him!

nannyl Fri 14-Oct-11 21:10:20

i got through labour and birth with my obi tens and no other pain relief

i used it on level 4 + boost for the birth and that was as high as i ever needed it.

i highly recommend it and am keeping it for next time.

lollystix Fri 14-Oct-11 22:09:42

Oh definite friend for me. Used it yesterday when popping ds4 and forgot how good it was coupled with g&a.

glitternanny Sat 15-Oct-11 10:27:28

thank you ladies - congrats lollystix!!

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