2016 Babycare TENS Round-up

Here at Babycare TENS, we’d like to share with you the amazing year we had in 2016 with the intention on having another successful year.

The already award winning Elle TENS continued its success by winning the gold gong at the Prima Baby and Pregnancy Awards (now known as the Made for Mums Awards).

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The Obi TENS won its very first award at the Mumii Best Baby and Toddler Gear Awards chosen by the consumers.

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Lastly, the award winning Elle TENS Plus was shortlisted at the prestigious Mother and Baby awards also known as the baby Oscars. This was a very important step for us.

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We have got a lot of great things lined up for 2017 and we can’t wait to share them with you. To get a first look at what’s coming; join us at the Harrogate International Nursery Fair between 28th and 30th March in the Harrogate International Centre, stand C68. See you there!

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For more information on the Harrogate International Nursery Fair, visit: https://goo.gl/EXmBro

For more information on our maternity TENS products, visit: https://goo.gl/RxG3v9

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.

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.