Manage Pregnancy Pain without Drugs

By Marnie Adams, Contributor @ Kids In Perth
In Collaboration with PBC Expo
04 Mar 2024

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For every mother, when navigating the beautiful yet challenging journey of pregnancy and labour, finding safe and effective pain relief is crucial.

Something that has been becoming more common for Perth mothers seeking pain relief is having a Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) machine in the home.

This non-invasive tool has been garnering attention for being a drug free way of alleviating pain and discomfort during pregnancy and labour.

The science behind Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) machines center on the principle of pain gating. When the device is applied to the skin, it emits gentle electrical impulses that stimulate nerves. This activity is believed to increase the body's production of endorphins, nature's painkillers, and block pain signals from reaching the brain, offering a dual approach to pain relief.

It's a process that harnesses the body's natural defenses against pain, making it a preferred choice for many.

Here are five benefits of using a TENS machine during labour:

Drug-free Pain Relief: It provides pain management without the side effects associated with medications, ensuring mother and baby's safety.

Control at Your Fingertips: The intensity of the stimulation can be adjusted, giving mothers complete control over their pain management.

Ease of Mobility: Unlike other pain relief methods, TENS allows for movement and walking, aiding in the progression of labour.

Reusable and Cost-effective: A TENS machine can be used throughout pregnancy and for other pain relief after childbirth.

Supports a Positive Labour Experience: By managing pain effectively, it can contribute to a more positive and empowering labour experience.

Incorporating a TENS machine into your birth plan could offer a comforting, safe, and effective way to manage labour pains, allowing you to focus on the incredible journey of bringing new life into the world.

Our 3 recommendations | Interested in a TENS machine for your pregnancy?

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NeuroTrac Obstetric TENS Machine: Priced at $163.90, this TENS machine is specifically designed for women experiencing contractions. It includes a separate hand-held boost button for labour, making it highly suitable for managing pain during childbirth. Its easy-to-read LCD display and large buttons make it user-friendly for women in labour, as well as those suffering from painful period cramps​​.

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Elle TENS Plus: This machine is highly rated by users, with 98% of women reporting reduced pain. It's priced at $249.00 and is acclaimed for its effectiveness in labour pain relief. The Elle TENS Plus offers free delivery across Australia and features Opti-Max technology, which is particularly useful in the final stages of labour for an extra pulse of pain-combatting power. It's also versatile enough for post-partum recovery and beyond​​​​.

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Elle TENS 2: An award-winning device designed to ease labour pain, which can be used in conjunction with an epidural as well as gas and air. It is lightweight, easy to use, comes with large electrodes, and is battery-operated, ready for use right out of the box. This TENS machine is an excellent choice for those seeking a straightforward, effective solution for labour pain management​​.

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