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#1 of 4 Old 05-17-2011, 08:54 PM - Thread Starter
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My cousin suffers from back pain and used hers during labor and said it was amazing!

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I used it with both of my births; while some people find they are only good in the early stages of labor (and some find it annoying), I used mine up till the end and loved it! My husband said the only way he could tell I was having a contraction was that my TENS unit button would be pushed, otherwise I was mostly quiet and still. Between it, my hypnobabies relaxation technique, and just good luck, I had a med-free birth times two. I loved the TENS unit my midwife loaned me for my first birth so much that when I got pregnant the second time (in a different state), I bought a refurbished TENS unit specifically for labor from the UK for something like $60. Worth every penny!


You do have to use it starting in early labor or you won't be able to "catch up" to the sensation, and it is more of a concentration shifter/distractor rather than a "I feel no pain at all" kind of thing, but for me it was a lifesaver.

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I used mine on my lower back with DD's labor. I have several bad discs to begin with, so I hoped it would help. That said, my labor was abnormally painful, I believe (cervical scar tissue, posterior baby...sigh) so hopefully this time around it's more helpful. I do remember cranking it up with every contraction. I had the sticky pads on my lower back.

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