Using a TENS machine

TENS is a drug-free kind of pain relief often used by women in early labour.  TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. A maternity TENS machine consists of a battery-powered, hand-held controller connected by fine leads to four flat pads.  It stimulates the release of endorphins & uses the gate theory of pain relief.

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The TENS machine is really good to start in early labour to help you relax and find a rhythm with your contractions.  When labour gets stronger and more regular you will probably find you will need other comfort measures like massage and shower/bath which means you may take it off then.  Women from the yogababy classes have had great success using the TENS machine along with their breathing and active birth skills.