TENS Machine May Help Labour - Page 2
Research evidence to support TENS is not strong
Takes an hour for body to start producing endorphins, so you should start using it earlier on in your labour, even at home before visiting the labour ward.
Does not work for everyone
Provides no benefit for others
You cannot use the TENS in a birthing pool
Has to be removed for electric monitoring of baby’s heart. This will stop the release of endorphins and therefore impact pain relief
Greatest disadvantage is that it prevents you back from being massaged, which for many is one of the most effective forms of pain relief and comfort in labour.
I’m not sure whether I’ll be using the TENS machine for labour the second time round, but I’ve bought one in case I change my mind!