When I was pregnant with Zach, I had hired a Tens machine that never got used because I ended up having a planned csection. Because of this, I really wasn't sure whether to get one this time as there was part of me that was absolutely convinced that I was going to end up with another section. When the people from MamaTens got in touch to see if I wanted to review one of their machines, it was like my umming and ahhing about hiring one had suddenly been sorted and you know what, thank goodness it was!
The Perfect MamaTens kit comes with the main unit, 4 large electrode pads, a belt clip/neck cord, 4 x AA batteries, a storage pouch, an instruction manual and a pre-paid returns envelope.
As you can tell, I like to leave things to the last minute and despite it being in my house for a good few weeks, it was the night before my due date that I actually sat down to test it out so I knew how to use it when the big moment happened. The other half hooked me up by sticking the electrode pads in the correct place on my back (two on the bottom and two in the middle), and I then had a play around with the levels, using the different buttons to up the intensity.
It is a very good job that I did test it out that night because even though I really thought Oscar woud be arriving late, he decided that he wanted to be a due date baby and my contractions started at lunchtime. At first, the feelings I was experiencing felt like period pains but they quickly intensified throughout the afternoon. Now, the only problem with the machine that I had was that because I was on my own, I couldn't get the electrode pads on myself so it wasn't until the other half got home from work that I managed to get it on. Luckily I hadn't really needed it before that point but as soon as he walked through the door I ordered him to attach it to me. This was at about 6pm and it was between this time and the moment I got to the hospital that I used the machine constantly.
With each contraction, I upped the level on the machine which is how I knew that the pain was getting stronger. The feeling of the Perfect Tens was brilliant at distracting me from the pain of the contraction. I spent the whole time sitting on my birthing ball, circling my hips, breathing deeply and ramping up the machine.
It is safe to say that for me, the Perfect Tens was perfect. I made a dash to the hospital at around 9pm and when I was very quicky assessed by the midwives, I was fully dilated and ready to push! The midwives were absolutey amazed that I had got to that point, at home and just using the tens machine! Admittedly when I did get to the hospital, because I was ready to push, I shouted at the other half to 'get this damn thing off of me'. At that moment I needed freedom to move and I couldn't have anything stuck to me! Little over an hour and a half later, Oscar arrived into the world with just a wee little bit of gas and air.
I was sent the Perfect MamaTens machine for the purpose of this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.