What to Expect When You’re Growing a Person, Part 3

Don’t forget to check out Part 1 and Part 2 in the series to read about the more common and, generally, expected symptoms of pregnancy.

This post will be looking at two of the, possibly, more serious symptoms women can experience during pregnancy. They could be normal but they could also be a sign of something much more serious. Please, if you are concerned with either of these symptoms, call your doctor or go to the hospital. It is always better to be on the side of caution for your baby and yourself.

Bleeding or Spotting

Let me start by saying that other than implantation bleeding for my current pregnancy, I have never had bleeding or spotting while pregnant. What I’m sharing is solely from my own research and conversations with other moms who have experienced it themselves.

Implantation bleeding can occur a couple days after ovulation. It can sometimes be confused for the start of your period, but shouldn’t last more than a day or two, and will be slight. There won’t be enough to fill a pad.

Some women can experience spotting during pregnancy and have no issues or complications. Generally brown to light pink in color, and not enough to soak a pad. Other women, still, can experience full-on bleeding and still maintain a healthy pregnancy.

However, bleeding could be a sign of a problem or complication, and could be an indication of miscarriage. This is not a symptom to take lightly, so if you are worried call or see a doctor. Bleeding and spotting can happen but that doesn’t mean it’s normal.


This symptom can happen to a lot of women and can be felt on a scale of pain and in different locations on your abdomen. And it can occur for a lot of different reasons. Baby could move in a funny way and cause cramping. You could move a funny way and cause cramping. Growing pain cramps, have to pee cramps, so many harmless reasons for innocuous cramping. Braxton Hicks could also feel like cramping, just depends on your body and pregnancy.

Cramping, like bleeding and spotting, could also be a sign of a problem. If they are severe, persistent, and don’t go away when you change position or lay down, you should probably call your doctor. For the most part, I think, cramps are not a cause for concern. But sometimes it’s a good idea to get a professional opinion.


Pregnancy symptoms run the gamut, and at a time when you just have no idea what to expect or what is normal. This post series is just to give you a small idea of the things you are likely to experience as you grow that little person. But, please, as I’ve said before – you know your body and what is normal for you. If you are concerned about a symptom or need help to find relief, please don’t hesitate to call your doctor or the nurses at their office. They are your best resources. And, please, if they are dismissive or rude, call someone else if your questions aren’t answered. You are important. Your concerns are important. Find help.


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