Last night I was awake for 4 hours will the most horrific wind pains and then today I had a check up at the day assessment unit. CTG for an hour followed by fluid scan and examination by doctor. The internal was hellish (last weeks was uncomfortable - todays was just awful). The doc however said that there has been no change - cervix still not thinned and dilated, so I will do all the above again next Monday and they will make a date for induction within the following week. FYI I am 39+1 and I have GD hence the extra checks and the induction by 41w at latest. I just feel so tender and sore all over, even my shoulders ache, but most of all of course is inside and my bump. I am considering putting on the TENS - in the hope that it makes me feel better I may actually sleep tonight. Would you? or would you keep the TENS for labour pains and make do with paracetamol, a cuppa and a hot bath or shower? DH said he doesn't want me 'getting used to the TENS' as he is worried it won't be as effective during labour then - I think he is talking poop.
You won't 'get used' to TENS as you can always change the frequency or increase the intensity to make sure you can still feel it. Failing that, take it off for an hour then put back on again. TENS isn't really recommended outside of labour, (no absolute evidence that it doesn't affect the baby, but then again no evidence that it does, as far as I know), but at 39+1 I personally would use it if I felt it was necessary.
I'm a Physio and regularly give out tens to PG women for back pain etc. There us no evidence it will harm the baby. It's a good idea to use it before labour anyway so you know what to do. If you need more info about it being safe in pregnancy check out website www.electrotherapy.org. Hope you feel more comfortable soon!
Hey Eviepoo, just visiting from the august thread. I had an internal today too and OUCH! now. I bloody ache in so many new ways. It was useless anyway as cervix still long. Sadistic MW was rough. I feel violated. I never thought of using the tens. If it works let me know, maybe I'd give it a go. Hope your nether regions feel better soon. I'm dragging my sorry, sore arse off to bed to roll around all night not sleeping, and sulking..... Grrrrrrr....