Dreams are stories your mind creates when you are asleep. They allow you to go beyond your conscious awareness to comprehend the thoughts and emotions you would have felt when awake. An average person has 3 to 5 dreams each night, the ones during the rapid-eye movement (REM) stage of sleep being the most vivid. Since expecting mothers tend to wake up more often during the night, they go through several phases of REM sleep. During pregnancy, vivid, weird, and frightening dreams are quite common. They can be a result of hormonal fluctuations that affect the intensity of emotions. Your fear and anxiety of giving birth often manifest into nightmares, which should not be considered premonitions of something bad to come. Here are a few pregnancy dreams and what each one of them mean.
During the first trimester, your amniotic sac fills up with fluid. During this phase, dreams about water and other fluids
In the early stages of pregnancy, you can have metaphorical dreams associated with conception, such as, receiving a big, juicy peach from a stranger or a small fish implanting itself in a river bed. It shows that you consider your pregnancy a fruit of love and want to nurture your baby when it is born.
3. Gender Of The Baby
4. Going Into Labor
During the third trimester, you might have weird dreams about going into labor in public or giving birth in an unexpected situation. This could depict your concerns about things not going according to plan or your excitement to meet your baby. Giving birth in a calm situation depicts that you have harbored the skills and knowledge necessary to bring the fruit of your womb into the world.
5. Giving Birth To An Animal Or An Alien
Dreaming about giving birth to a puppy or a kitten is
6. Going On A Trip
Dreaming about taking a trip is symbolic of the long journey you are about to embark on as a parent. Walking while on that trip means that you will take your pregnancy one step at a time, and running means that you already know how to take care of your little one. Driving a car means that you have ambitions for it, and flying a plane means that you have some ideas about how you want to raise it.
7. Forgetting The Baby
If you dream about leaving your baby unattended or forgetting it completely, you might be concerned about what you will be giving up in life. It also shows your fears about not being an adequate caregiver.
8. Harming Your Newborn
Dreams about injuring your little one are very unpleasant and cause you to wake up in a panic. Such dreams are normal and depict your internal fear of not being a good mother. Studies have shown that such dreams predict shorter labors with lesser complications. They help prepare your body for the stress you will experience during labor. If your dreams are too sadistic, you should talk to people close to you or a psychiatrist.
Pregnancy can take you on an emotional roller coaster ride. Your body copes with all these emotions through dreams. Do not be hard on yourself if you have nightmares regarding