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FREE Goodie Bag with every TENS Hire

FREE Goodie Bag with every TENS Hire

This week we are very excited to introduce our brand new Pregnancy Pack full of gorgeous goodies, freebies, discount vouchers and samples for new mums. When you book your TENS machine with NatalCare Naturally you'll receive your very own Pregnancy Pack with your TENS machine. Enjoy mummas!   * Please note every Pregnancy Pack is different and includes goodies which may or may not be as shown in the image.  

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10 Foods and Drinks to Avoid During Pregnancy

Food and drink to avoid during pregnancy Foods to avoid during pregnancy

10 Foods and Drinks to Avoid During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of the most important periods in a woman's life and healthy and careful eating during pregnancy is critical to your baby's growth and development. Specific foods should only be consumed rarely, while others should be avoided completely. Here are 10 foods and drinks to avoid or limit during pregnancy. 1. High-Mercury Fish Pregnant women should avoid eating high-mercury fish more than once or twice a month. Mercury is toxic and can be found in shark, swordfish, tuna and mackerel. Mercury can affect your nervous system, immune system and kidneys. However low-mercury fish and fish high in omega-3 fatty...

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Alice shares her birth story...

Alice shares her birth story...

One thing we love to do as women is share our birth stories. Even if we are in the company of strangers, we don’t care, we love to share.  Perhaps it’s the life-changing, unforgettable experience that brings us together and connects us enough to open up and talk. Here at NatalCare Naturally we LOVE reading your birth stories (and so do our mums), so please feel free to share your own. This week, Alice steps us through her incredible, strong, beautiful birth story. It was the middle of the night, Friday and I woke to a mild period-like pain. I...

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Hayley uses her 'toolkit' of pain relief options for a natural birth

Hayley uses her 'toolkit' of pain relief options for a natural birth

Pain relief during labour is on most pregnant women's minds. Everyone's tolerance to pain is different, and as such our need for pain relief will vary. Thankfully there is a whole range of pain relief options available to women in New Zealand; some are widely available; some you may need to arrange in advance. Remember you may have a substantial number of hours in labour so it makes sense to have a 'toolkit' of pain relief options ready before you go into labour. Here, Hayley has shares her birth story and describes how she coped with pain using acupressure, TENS...

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Here’s the science behind how a TENS machine works

Here’s the science behind how a TENS machine works

TENS machines work in two ways: 1. On a high pulse rate of 90-130 Hz (the normal method of use), the electrical impulses generated by the TENS machine interfere with and block pain messages sent to the brain. This is due to the gate control theory of pain. This proposes that there is a gate mechanism in the brain and spinal cord nerves (the central nervous system). When the gate is open, pain messages get through to the brain and we feel pain. When the gate is closed, these pain messages are blocked and we do not feel pain. TENS...

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