Pregnancy Dreams Part 1

Whether we remember them or not, we all dream. When you’re pregnant, your dreams may feel like they are on overdrive, thanks to the whirlwind of hormones and emotions that being a new parent conjures up. Pregnancy dreams – and often nightmares – can paint a picture of how new moms are feeling, even if she isn’t outwardly expressing herself during waking hours. Today we’re examining the meaning behind common pregnancy dreams.

When you’re expecting you may feel like you’re having more dreams than usual. That’s probably not true, but because pregnancy dreams are so vivid and sometimes troublesome, you may be more likely to remember them. Plus, when your dreams are scary, you may wake up more frequently, which also helps you remember your most recent dreams.

Pregnancy Dreams Part 1Hormones, stress and a range of emotions are probably the culprit of your strange pregnancy dreams. As with any dreams, they are provoked by something in your subconscious. Moms-to-be certainly have a lot of mixed feelings floating around and many of them debut in the form of pregnancy dreams. When you dream about turmoil and conflict, it is most likely representative of the internal and external changes you’re feeling as you enter a new stage in your life. After all, having a baby truly changes everything, from your relationship with your spouse and friends, to your job and your own identity.

Psychologist Alan Slegel studied pregnancy dreams in the 1970s and concluded that the seemingly bizarre imaginative dreams of moms-to-be were helpful in preparing them for motherhood. Not only do pregnancy dreams help expectant mothers release their fears, they also help mothers accept their new role as parents. More recent studies showed there may be a strong correlation between pregnancy dreams and shorter labor and less postpartum depression. Perhaps coping with feelings in dreams eases anxiety in the long run.

Many pregnant women question their ability to be a mother after experiencing pregnancy dreams. They wonder if the horrible things their imagination dreamed up are a sign of things to come. Fortunately, that’s not true at all so you can rest assured your mothering skills are not based on your subconscious dreams.

Many pregnant women claim to have dreams pertaining to similar in topics.  These are often about the labor and delivery process or taking care of a new baby. Later this week we’re sharing what the experts say these pregnancy dreams are all about.

Sources: Huffington Post and Fox News