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can you use a TENS machine in early pregnancy for back ache?

(4 Posts)
Herecomesthesciencebint Fri 03-Dec-10 09:35:56

thats it really! is it safe?

happycamel Fri 03-Dec-10 09:53:23

no - you aren't supposed to use them before 37 weeks I think.

I found sitting on a gym ball really helped my back ache/sciatica. I've know idea how though but I haven't had back ache since I started sitting on it for an hour or so every night and kind of bouncing gently and rolling my hips.

jellyhead188 Fri 03-Dec-10 10:03:15

no I think not till 37 weeks in case it starts off labour!

WalkTheDog Fri 03-Dec-10 12:18:29

generally no, but has been some research out stating that if pain that bad then TENS in theory actually safer than other medication etc. Quite detailed and you'd be better to discuss with medical professional but here is the article http://www.acpwh.org.uk/docs/ACPWH-UseofTENS.pdf

Site also has other info re back pain in pg

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