Dd1 was a hospital induction- so had to stay in from start to finish. The tens machine gave me something to concentrate on. It did help - though not necessarily as I though it would, more as a distraction rather than pain relief (IYSWIM).
We hired a tens first time round, but brought one for dd2 as we'd found it so useful 1st time.
DD2 was 10lb8oz at birth and i did it with just the tens and gas and air- not particually high pain threshold either.
My dp is also a bit of a gadget nut, so it gave him sometihng to concentrate on whilst i was in early labour
I used TENS machines with both of my girls, im now pg with DC3 and will definatley get one again.
With DD1 i used while i was labouring at home, i was 4cm by the time we arrived at the maternity unit, so id say it definatley did its job.
With DD2 it was the only pain relive i had right up until pushing although i have to say that this wasnt intentional, she was a very quick labour and an unplanned homebirth, so i only got the G&A when the paramedics arrived.
Have a look on ebay, you can sometime pickup a second hand one for less than hire charge, you can then save it for future use .
I used tens with my first and pregnant with my second. They DONT help with the pain relief BUT they are a good distraction. Your better off taking a parcetamol! You can hire them from your hospital or buy them but I wouldnt bother buy one!
Oooh, I LOVED my TENS machine. Got to the hospital 9+ cm dilated having just had the TENS at home. If I could have kept it on while I was in the bath that would have been even better. I'd definitely get one but just be aware that not everyone is a fan. I have a friend who chucked hers across the room cos she felt it was useless. However, mine worked brilliantly. And I really don't have a high pain threshold. Also, fiddling with the buttons can be a bit of a distraction with the early contractions. Best of luck for the birth.
It didn't work at all for me; I just found it really irritating. Lots of people say it does work for them, though. Even though it didn't work, I was glad I'd tried it because otherwise I would always have wondered if it could have helped.
I thought mine really heped with the start of labour, but partly would have to agree with you though aswell Melpomeme- with dd1 once i'd reached a certain point in labour it became irritating rather than helpful. My MW commented that lots of people find this aswell. Still a fan though
I had a VERY long first stage and the TENS was an absolute godsend. I hired one but it broke in the process and sent DH out to Mothercare to buy a new one The bought one was far more effective than the hired. It was also expensive, £45, not that I cared much by then.
If you do I hire one then I suggest buying some new leads for it, they are what broke on mine.
We bought one - and are now lending it to pg friend; ask around, you may be able to borrow one, you never know.
As to how useful it was, I had augmented labour (on drip, like induction) and the pain was mainly at the front of my pelvis rather than the back... but perhaps that's because the TENS WAS working, IYSWIM. But I fiddled with the dials later on in labour and nearly shot out of my skin as my hand slipped and I got max prickles!
Hi i used tens all the way through my first labour and i did find it helped .. also gave other half something to concentrate on. However with my second and third children the labours came on quick and very painful so tens absolutely no help at all. This time round i dont expect ill use it either. They are widely used though so i wouldnt recommend you buy one (although they are on special offer sometimes .. think i saw that at boots a while ago) ask around friends and friends of friends and i bet you will find someone who has one that you can borrow. If not they are easy to hire. If you are worried that the hired one might not be as effective just try it out before the occassion!