Third Trimester

Body Piercings During Pregnancy

You've worked so hard to show off those abs with a pretty little ring, and then you find out you are pregnant. Or maybe you want to live just one more moment on the "wild side" before you have to be a "mature" mom. What do you do now? Here's information to help you care for the piercings you already have and make an informed decision about piercing you may be considering in the future.

What Precautions to Continue Kickboxing?

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Dear Fitness Expert,
I do kickboxing and have done so off and on for approximately 9 years. I stopped during my first pregnancy which resulted in a cesarean 4 years ago.

I am now 11 weeks pregnant and continue to kickbox on a one-to-one basis at a lower intensity.

My concern is as I get into my pregnancy and continue to engage in kickboxing how it will impinge on my existing c-section scar and what precautions I would need to take?

Avoiding a C-Section

If you've weighed the pros and cons and decided you'd prefer to deliver vaginally -- and you have no pressing medical reasons not to -- there are steps you can take to minimize your chances of having an unplanned C-section. Rita Rubins looks more closely at these important birthing choices.