When To Hire & Purchase a TENS Machine For Labour

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So you’ve decided that you’ve opted in for a drug free labour but you’re confused about the best time to purchase or hire an obstetric TENS. This couldn’t be any easier at Babycare TENS.

Purchasing an obstetric TENS machine can be done at any point during your pregnancy; however they cannot be used for general pain relief until you’re at week 37 of your pregnancy aka “full term”. Why is this? Because if used before week 37, it could potentially induce your labour and this wouldn’t be safe for the baby. You can test the machine out on your arms beforehand so you can get an idea of what it will feel like once placed on your back during labour, so by then you will feel much more comfortable using the machine.

When hiring an obstetric TENS machine, it’s always best to hire it early. Although we hire out our TENS machines for a maximum of 6 weeks, once your order has been placed, we don’t actually send the hired unit out until week 37. So you’ll have the hired unit into the 43rd week of your pregnancy. What week do we suggest you place an order? Around week 24 seems to be early enough but this is just a guide (and being organised). We do ask for your due date when placing an order so you won’t have to worry about calculating your weeks.

If you’re one of those who love to work under pressure and enjoy the rush, we also offer a next day delivery service if you’re worried about going into labour soon. You have to make sure you place your order before 2pm for next day deliveries. This obviously varies for weekends and holidays but all of this information can be found on our website.

Cooling tips for the summer

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Summer is approaching, the temperature is raising and you’re pregnant which means even more heat. What are the best ways to keep cool? We’ve thrown together a few tips on how just to do that without too much of a strain and in ways that you can still enjoy the sun.

  • Wear light coloured clothing as dark coloured clothing absorbs heat
  • Take quick showers often and or carry around with you a spray bottle filled with cool water
  • Try to keep your feet up to reduce swelling
  • Any extreme tasks you may need to do, try to do them early in the morning or in the evening as temperatures are much cooler around these times
  • Grab a few naps here and there. Your body temperature drops when you’re sleeping
  • Carry around a mini battery operated fan, they always come in handy!
  • If indoors, crack a window open or two and take in the fresh air. More than likely it’ll be cooler outside than it is indoors
  • Keep out of the direct sunlight. If you do want to enjoy the sun up close and personal, don’t forget your sunscreen
  • Most importantly keep yourself hydrated. Drink plenty of water, keep some ice on hand. You can spice it up a bit with an ice cold smoothie or “mocktail”.

Attack of the Villainous Period Pains

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As a woman, you get to experience what is cherish-ably noticed as a miracle… giving birth. But before getting there, we all have to go through “that time of the month” situation which in many cases is a terror to deal with (especially if you’re on the receiving end). It’s not just PMS that’s an issue, but the dreaded period pains that is evitable every single month.

Period pains are caused by the muscular wall of the womb contracting. During your period, these contractions work up a sweat and contract much more vigorously to encourage the part of the womb to shed away, resulting in your menstrual cycle. When these contractions are happening, it compresses the blood vessels that line your womb, temporarily cutting off the blood/oxygen supply. Because of this “choking” effect, the tissues in your womb release chemicals that trigger pain. It doesn’t even end there.

Because of this pain, another chemical is then released (the body is such a wonderful instrument) called Prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are a sneaking encouragement for the womb muscles making them contract further increasing the level of pain. So that is what’s going on down there!

Fear not! It is the 21st century and there are many drug free related options to reduce the trauma. Warm baths, mini massages around the lower abdomen area, hot water bottles are the cosy, relaxed approach to ease and calm the arcade action fighting game that’s happening in the womb. Soft exercise, yoga and pilates are also other options as being active really does help to distract you and ease the pain.

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TENS machines such as the Smart TENS and the Flexi TENS also offer a lot of support. These machines send out tiny electrical pulses through sticky electrode pads which when placed on your skin will stimulate the nerves in the pelvic area, essentially blocking the pain signals. How cool and discrete is that?

Some women do experience this intense pain much more than others, but now you know how it can be helped. We love to make life just an ounce easier.

Click here for more useful information on TENS machines to help you out, peruse to your pleasure.