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Could TENS Be The Perfect Labour Pain Relief For You, Too?

The medical effectiveness may still be in question, but TENS has been given the seal of approval by women who’ve used it during labour

There are endless options when it comes to labour coping strategies. Paracetamol, epidural, hypnobirthing… squeezing your partner’s hand so tight it might come off.

And then there’s a TENS machine – which helps relieves labour pain for 68 per cent of mums, according to a new poll by Which?.

Of the 440 women surveyed who used TENS while giving birth, 28 per cent said they found it very effective, while 40 per cent though it was fairly effective.

Of the 440 women surveyed who used TENS while giving birth, 28 per cent said they found it very effective

A TENS machine is strapped to your back and works by giving your body small electric pulses. The idea is that these interfere with pain messages being sent to your brain, which can help make you more comfortable in early labour.

Science-wise, the jury’s still out on how much it really makes a difference but many mums rate TENS, especially as you control it yourself. You can either buy or hire a machine.

Did you use TENS in labour? Let us know on the comments board below.

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