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A Guide to Your Preconception Visit

Even before you start trying to conceive, you should visit your doctor to ensure you'll have the healthiest pregnancy possible.
Talking to doctor

Ready to start a family? Scheduling a visit with your ob-gyn before you start trying to conceive is a must. Considering that 50 percent of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended (meaning they happened without planning) and that your baby starts developing even before you know you're pregnant, a preconception visit is one of the most significant things you can do for your future child. "Meeting with your ob-gyn is an important first step for couples planning to conceive," says Michele Hakakha, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., and author of Expecting 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Your Pregnancy. "It's a time when patients can sit down with their practitioners to go over key issues to ensure a healthy start to a pregnancy." Before you go, read our guide to help you prepare for your visit.