Pregnancy Specialist

Melinda M. Martin, M.D.

OB-GYN located in Prescott, AZ & Prescott Valley, AZ

Nearly 4 million babies are born in the United States every year. If you’re planning a pregnancy this year, Dr. Melinda Martin is an expert at caring for you and your baby through all stages of pregnancy through birth. She provides personalized care for women in normal and high-risk pregnancies at Melinda M. Martin, MD, in Prescott and Prescott Valley, Arizona, where she’s the longest-practicing female physician board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and she’s a mother herself. Call to schedule your consultation today.

Pregnancy Q & A

by Melinda M. Martin, M.D.

How does a typical pregnancy progress?

The experience of pregnancy is different for every woman, and with each baby, but normal pregnancies last about 40 weeks and go through three stages, or trimesters. Early signs of pregnancy include nausea, the absence of menstrual periods, mood swings, and increased tiredness. After the first three months, some of these symptoms decrease, but the whole experience is very personal and individualized.

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

There are several factors that contribute to a pregnancy being considered high-risk. In some cases, if you or your baby have an increased chance of health problems, your pregnancy is considered high-risk. Additionally, if you’re younger than 17 or older than 35, are pregnant with multiple babies, or have had three or more miscarriages, your pregnancy is considered high-risk. Often, this is not a reason to be alarmed, but rather a signal to Dr. Martin that you require additional attention throughout your pregnancy.

Dr. Martin specializes in providing personalized obstetric care for women with both normal and high-risk pregnancies. She determines which risk factors, if any, need to be monitored more closely. Some risk factors for high-risk pregnancies include women with:

  • A history of diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Epilepsy
  • History of genetic conditions such as Down syndrome
  • Certain types of infections like hepatitis C
  • Prescription medications
  • Heart problems
  • Asthma
  • Lupus

What can I expect if my pregnancy is high-risk?

Dr. Martin may require additional tests and office visits to monitor your progress and both you and your baby’s health during all stages of a high-risk pregnancy. Dr. Martin and her highly skilled team understand these pregnancies and provide personalized obstetric care for any woman in this category. They ensure that you receive the best care possible, minimizing health risks to you and your baby.

Additional testing may include:

  • More than one ultrasound
  • Genetic testing
  • Regular blood pressure monitoring
  • Urine tests for preeclampsia

As the longest-practicing female physician board certified in obstetrics and gynecology in Prescott, Dr. Martin has the expertise and understanding demeanor to care for women and babies in normal and high-risk pregnancies. Call today to schedule an appointment so you can be sure you’re receiving the best pregnancy care, before, during, and after birth.