TENS can be used after 37 weeks gestation. Please do not use TENS if you have a cardiac pacemaker. Other pain relief options can still be used if TENS does not provide adequate pain relief e.g. entonox and pethidine but would need to be removed if using an epidural or water.
Can I use a TENS machine in late pregnancy?
Yes, you can use the machine beforehand for pain relief. It is particularly good for the early stages of labour when you are at home with no other pain relief available. The machine can also be used from 37 weeks of pregnancy for back pain and then for general pain relief following labour.
Can you use a TENS machine before labour?
You can hire or buy a TENS machine, so you have it ready at the start of labour. Try it out before you go into labour (after you reach 37 weeks) so you can learn how it works. For the best results, start using it early in your labour.
Is it safe for a pregnant woman to use a TENS unit?
If applied correctly, TENS can be used safely without any side effects to your baby. TENS should not be used over certain areas of the body which may induce labour contractions.
Can you use a TENS machine at 36 weeks?
The safety of the TENS during pregnancy PRIOR TO 36 weeks has not been completely established, so do not use before 36 weeks of pregnancy without medical advice. It is best to hire a TENS and practice how to use it at home before you go into labour so that you are completely comfortable with its use.
When should I start using TENS machine in labour?
You can use TENS from the very beginning of your labour. You could start using it when you’re getting regular contractions or backache. You may find the machine works better at relieving your backache than other types of pain. This is probably because the pads are on your back.
Can I use a TENS machine at 33 weeks pregnant?
After 37 weeks into your pregnancy, you can safely use TENS to help provide relief from backache, and for a drug-free alternative form of pain relief during your labour. We highly recommend: Do NOT use during the first three months of pregnancy.
How do you deal with labor pains without an epidural?
Some natural pain management methods include:
- Breathing techniques, such as those taught in Lamaze.
- Essential oils or aromatherapy.
- Music therapy.
- Taking a warm bath or shower.
- Walking around.
Can I sleep with TENS machine on?
Do not use a TENS unit with heating pads or cold packs. Do not use TENS while sleeping.
Does pethidine slow labor?
It won’t slow your labour down, if you’re already in established labour. It can be used for a home birth. However, not all midwives feel comfortable with this because of the possible side-effects for you and your baby. Talk to your midwife if you’re thinking about pethidine as a pain relief option for a home birth.
Where do you place a TENS unit for sciatic pain?
TENS unit electrode placement is critical when using TENS therapy to relieve sciatica pain. For best results position the electrodes on your lower back near the area of pain. Adjust the frequency as necessary and move the electrode pads around as necessary to achieve the best relief from your pain.
Can you use a TENS unit on your neck while pregnant?
You may use RELIEVE mode during a healthy pregnancy, so long as the electrodes are located in any of the following locations: Upper, middle or lower back. Neck or shoulders. Leg muscles, knees, hips, ankles or feet.