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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.
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