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During pregnancy

A woman should start eating a healthy, balanced diet at least three months before stopping the use of contraception to get pregnant, and she should continue to do so until she gives birth. A healthy diet supplies adequate energy which includes protein, vitamins, and minerals from green and orange vegetables, meat, fish, beans, nuts, whole grains, and fruit. Folic acid and iron are particularly important.

The first visit to a doctor or a midwife after pregnancy should come when the mother is 9 – 12 weeks (about 3 months) pregnant. The repeat visits should be at 20, 26, 30, 34, 36, 38, and 40 weeks (about 9 months). Women with certain health conditions or complications of pregnancy may need more visits.

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