When you're expecting a baby, your entire focus shifts to growing your precious little one and helping your child thrive. This brings moments of intense joy coupled with moments of extreme worry as you wonder if you're doing it all right. When you're expecting multiples, that worry is multiplied. Thankfully, for moms-to-be in Plano, TX, Randall J. Burt, MD, has the experience and knowledge to guide you through your pregnancy as you prepare to welcome a new life into this world, even for complex and multiple pregnancies.
Even before you get a positive pregnancy test, your body will show signs that you're pregnant. These signs may include:
If you're noticing these symptoms, call Dr. Burt or schedule an appointment online for a blood test to determine pregnancy.
Early in a pregnancy, multiples don't cause additional symptoms. However, as the pregnancy progresses, you may notice:
Most moms find out they're expecting multiples via early ultrasound. A Doppler heartbeat count can also show multiples.
Dr. Burt recommends calling as soon as you find out you're pregnant. This allows for early evaluation of any risks you're facing and set a schedule to provide optimal prenatal care throughout your pregnancy. Often, this first appointment takes place between six and ten weeks, with monthly appointments for the first six months followed by bi-monthly appointments for the seventh and eight months and weekly appointments as birth nears.
Carrying more than one baby makes a pregnancy riskier, and Dr. Burt will want to follow your pregnancy more closely. Some of the risks associated with multiples include:
By sticking with your appointment schedule and following Dr. Burt's recommendations, you can reduce your risk for complications significantly.
The best way to ensure a healthy baby and a positive birth experience is to take care of yourself and follow Dr. Burt's recommendations. This includes:
Dr. Burt is ready to help you through the exciting days ahead. With the latest monitoring and testing technology and his background in high-risk pregnancies, he can help protect you and your baby should complications arise, while helping you make wise decisions to avoid these risks whenever possible. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Burt today to give your baby the best start!