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TENS Machines and Pregnancy: What Expecting Mothers Should Know

When it comes to pain relief during pregnancy, many expecting mums are hesitant about taking medications. That’s where TENS machines come into play as a safer, non-pharmaceutical option. However, it’s essential for mums-to-be in Australia to be well-informed about using TENS machines during pregnancy.

What is a TENS Machine?

A TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machine uses low-voltage electrical currents to relieve pain. Many Australians are now turning to TENS machines for various types of pain relief, from chronic pain to labour pains.

Using TENS Machines During Pregnancy

Before using a TENS machine during pregnancy, it's crucial to consult with your healthcare provider. While TENS machines are generally considered safe, some guidelines specifically cater to expecting mums in Australia. These may include recommendations on electrode placement and intensity settings.

Benefits and Cautions

One of the benefits of using a TENS machine during pregnancy is that it doesn't involve medication, which means less risk of side effects for both mum and bub. However, it's essential to take precautions. Never place the electrodes on your abdomen during pregnancy unless directed by a healthcare provider.

Is TENS Australia-Approved for Pregnancy?

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia does oversee the approval of TENS machines but does not explicitly certify them for pregnancy use. Always consult with a healthcare provider for personalised advice on using a TENS machine while pregnant.


TENS machines offer a medication-free alternative for pain relief that is gaining popularity in Australia, especially among pregnant women. However, it's crucial to consult your healthcare provider for tailored advice. With the right precautions, a TENS machine can be a helpful tool during pregnancy for many expecting mums across Australia.

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Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). "Medical Devices Safety Update, Volume 7 Number 5