Aches, pains and bleeding can all be symptoms of a normal pregnancy, but that doesn't make them any less scary when they happen. According to the National Institutes of Health, as many as 10 percent of women experience vaginal bleeding during their pregnancies, most in the first trimester. Everything from gas to Braxton Hicks contractions can mimic the sensations of labor. And once you've started to feel your baby move, a few hours of stillness can be frightening.
While friends and family members who are or have been pregnant can be great sources of comfort and support, your doctor is the best person to tell for sure whether what you're experiencing is a sign of trouble. Discuss all your symptoms, alarming or otherwise, with your doctor during your first visit. Then, find out how your doctor would like you to handle troubling symptoms in the future. Your doctor may give you the number of a nurse line or on-call service in case you have urgent questions.
And, even though many women experience bleeding in the first few weeks of their pregnancy, it's a good idea to contact your doctor if you experience spotting, bleeding or pain as your pregnancy progresses.