• +01-8310888
  • info@riverholistic.ie

Say hello to my little friend

Say hello to my little friend

What is TENS?

I have my lucky TENS, it was my best friend throughout the early stages of Labor with my first. For 24 hours we were closer than myself and my partner.  I still think he is a bit resentful of it.  I didn’t have time for my second boy (20min Thank you very much)

The reason why it is my lucky TENS is that:

  1. It helped me to get to 6cm at home before I got to the hospital,
  2. It was a great distraction pressing the boost button, probably a bit too much 🙂
  3. I had terrible back labour with my first, this I believe helped immensely with the pain.
  4. I had a happy healthy baby boy (I know the TENS didn’t do that, but i still love it.)
  5. I shared it with 13 other mammies and they too experienced the best friend feeling and happy healthy babies.

Here comes the science.

As you know the human body generates electrical pulses, and we use these pulses that are sent from the brain through the nerve system to move muscles (walk, speak, workout, right now your body is sending pulses to move your finger up and down).

Luckily pain signals and pleasure signals travel the same way (through our nerves). The unit imitates the pleasure pulses and directs them through the nerve system to block pain signals to the brain.

It’s also likely that various factors interact to make TENS work. TENS may help you to feel that you have control over your contractions, it may help you to feel less anxious, and it also may provide a distraction from your contractions.

When and how should I use TENS?

TENS seems to work best and give you the most effective pain relief if you start using it at the very beginning of your labour, so hire a TENS machine and use it at home before you go into hospital, if you’re having a hospital birth.

It takes about an hour for your body to respond to the electrical impulses by releasing endorphins, so start using it when you’re getting regular contractions or backache. You may find your machine works better at relieving your backache than abdominal pain.

Start with the controls at their lowest settings and turn them up gradually as your contractions or the back pain gets stronger. Use the boost button at the peak of contractions.

What are the advantages of TENS?

It’s portable and non-invasive.

It’s under your control.

It’s easy to use.

You can keep moving while using it.

You can use it for as long as you want and then take it off. There are no lasting side-effects.

It’s safe for your baby.

It doesn’t need an anaesthetist, doctor or midwife to administer, so you can start using it as soon as you want to.

It can be used for a home birth.

What are the disadvantages?

You will need someone to help you put the pads on.

It may only help in the early stages of labour.

It costs between €60 and €120 plus postage to hire for a month to six weeks.

It may have to be removed if your baby’s heart has to be monitored electronically .

If you want to use a birthing pool or have a bath, you can use TENS before you get in the water, but not when you are in the water.

It can makes it more difficult for your birth partner to massage your back, which can be an effective form of pain relief.

Any useful tips?

Don’t give up straight away if you think your TENS isn’t doing anything. You need to keep using it for at least an hour to give your body time to build up endorphin’s in response to the stimulation.

Keep mobile. Moving around during labour helps women feel more in control and should therefore enhance the effect of TENS.

If you don’t think it’s helping you, take it off and don’t feel bad. You’ve lost nothing (except your hire fee). All other forms of pain relief, both medical and non-medical, are still open to you.

 

Claire

 

Source: babycentre.au

 

claire

I have been working in the Holistic Health field since 2001. My passion is helping people feel good about themselves no matter what the circumstances. Sometimes there is no way of controlling the environment around you but there are always ways to stay in control and not let it get inside. Claire