When To Hire & Purchase a TENS Machine For Labour


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


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”.

The Elle TENS Plus – Winner of the Mumii Best Baby and Toddler Gear Awards 2014

mumii-award-consumer Elle TENS Plus

Mumii, the place to go for mums had recently run a consumer choice awards with many nominations in different categories including the Elle TENS Plus. Thousands of consumers casted their vote for what they thought was the stand out product of this year.

After an impressive campaign, the Elle TENS Plus had won Gold in its category of Monitor – TENS Machines.

mumii-award-gold Elle TENS Plus

Jo Studholme, Editor-in-Chief of Mumii mentions “We are thrilled with the responses from both brands and consumers this year. Our awards are very special as they are voted for by the consumer and we give them a voice and a chance to tell everyone who they love, rate and want to recommend. We look forward to building on this success and thank everyone who entered a product and voted.”

A huge thank you to everyone who had voted!