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#1 of 7 Old 11-17-2006, 03:09 PM - Thread Starter
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I have an appointment today and am thinking of asking her for a prescription for the TENS unit. There is training for TENS at the hospital next week.

I am not really planning on using it, but I thought maybe if baby is positioned funny or I have a lot more pain than I'm expecting, it might be a good thing to try so I don't need to do anything with drugs or needles. Something to keep in the toolkit.

I guess the TENS unit contains pads you put on your back and a control so you can send electrical impulses to the nerves, dulling the pain. Supposedly nothing goes to the baby at all.

Has anyone tried it or known someone who has?
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I have never heard of this but I would love to hear more!!


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I worked as a physical therapist before DS was born, and we use TENS pretty frequently.

I didn't use it w/ my labor with him (really just didn't need it), but I wouldn't hesistate to use it in labor if I had it available and needed it.

It basically works on the "gate control" theory of pain. The prickly feeling TENS creates travels in a different spinal pathway than pain sensations, and the prickly pathway is basically faster, so your brain doesn't feel pain as easily. It distracts your brain from the pain, if you will.
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Well I got the script and I'll go ahead and take the training and the unit. If I actually use it, I'll let you know how it works!
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We bought a TENS machine! Here in the UK many people use them, I had never heard of them, but it seems like a great thing to have (especially since you can use them after the birth too - and then I can bring it home to use in the US for my next babe)

They can also be used for a homebirth, so I thought it would be a good option to have....

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Yep! We just bought our TENS machine!!! Here in the UK they're pretty popular and the midwives and physios highly recomend them. I haven't a clue how to use it yet so DH and I need to have a practice run before labour starts as they say you need to start using them at the very beginning.
My plan is to labour as long as i can at home with it on, and then once i get to the hosptial, transfer to the birthing pool.....but if the pool is not available, stick with the TENS.
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you can buy a personal tens unit for about $100 online. No prescription needed. My partner is an OT and we have our own. I have used it for lower back relief during pregnancy. I love it.
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