TENS Machine

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Kristina - September 3

Has anyone used a TENS Machine(Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) during Labor? Thanks

 

Sarah - September 3

I haven't used it but a good friend of mine swears by it. Apparently it worked for her, I might give it a shot this go around.

 

Maggie - September 3

I'm an MRI tech, and many of my patients have come to me with a TENS unit for their various back injuries. I've never heard of using one during labor, but I guess its possible. What you would really need to find out from your doctor is will the TENS mess with the monitors that will be around you, and most importantly will it affect the baby in anyway. I wish I had more answers to give you. I know I have to make my patients remove the unit before the test because it could mess up my equipment. I would speak with your doctor. Do you mind if I ask why you need it?

 

m - September 3

I read about this today - using it for nipple stimulation during labor, right? As an alternative to pitocin. I didn't know if they would have them there and if they are used often.

 

Sarah - September 3

Hi Maggie, then you might be able to see how it could be used for contractions. I am told it works best in early labor, and is not so effective once the contractions get stronger. I haven't heard about them being used for nipple stimulation, not so sure I want electrical currents running through those. My friend had the pads places on her back around the shoulders and another set on her lower back. Some people actually start using it before the contractions to build up endorphins.

 

Maggie - September 4

It sounds like a great idea if the doctor ok's it. I'm going to ask my doc at my next appointment. I had horrible back labor with my son, so if that can help I'm game to try it.

 

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