Pregnancy Specialist

OB/GYN North Dallas

Randall J. Burt, MD

OB-GYN located in Plano, TX

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.

Pregnancy Q & A

What are the first symptoms of pregnancy?

Even before you get a positive pregnancy test, your body will show signs that you're pregnant. These signs may include:

  • Swollen, tender breasts
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Missed period

If you're noticing these symptoms, call Dr. Burt or schedule an appointment online for a blood test to determine pregnancy.

What are the symptoms of a multiples pregnancy?

Early in a pregnancy, multiples don't cause additional symptoms. However, as the pregnancy progresses, you may notice:

  • Earlier than expected fetal movements that you can feel
  • Excessive morning sickness
  • Abnormal weight gain
  • Large measurement
  • High hCG (pregnancy hormone) levels

Most moms find out they're expecting multiples via early ultrasound. A Doppler heartbeat count can also show multiples.

When should a pregnant woman visit her doctor?

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.

What are the risks associated with multiples?

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:

  • Premature birth
  • Low birth weight
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Preeclampsia
  • Intrauterine growth restriction
  • Twin-to-twin transfusion

By sticking with your appointment schedule and following Dr. Burt's recommendations, you can reduce your risk for complications significantly.

What is the best way to ensure a healthy pregnancy?

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:

  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Taking your prenatal vitamins
  • Avoiding dangerous foods or risky activities
  • Keeping your appointments and screenings
  • Communicating with Dr. Burt about how you're feeling

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!

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