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At times, your dreams during pregnancy are often more vivid, more memorable, and let’s say, more interesting than before pregnancy. Why? Well, dreams are believed to be subconscious reflections of your emotions, and whether you’re experiencing excitement, anticipation, joy, or anxiety during pregnancy, rampant hormones, particularly progesterone, intensify each and every feeling you have.
During pregnancy, you also tend to wake up more often in the middle of the night. Whether it’s to go to the bathroom, change sleep positions, or satisfy food cravings, the added back and forth makes for more dreams that are remembered more vividly.
So, what are these dreams? The following list, while not scientific, is a compilation of what seems to be the most common, colorful dreams shared by pregnant women – and of course, having or not having any of these dreams is not a sign of any kind!
Dreams experienced during the first trimester can feel especially real due to the many changes a newly pregnant woman goes through physically and emotionally, including joy in finding out she’s pregnant, an ever-morphing body, or the anticipation of becoming a new mom. Such dreams include:
Dreams during your second trimester may tend to mirror more of the anxiety that may be felt at this time. Common themes include wondering what type of mother you will be, worrying if you’ll ever look “like yourself” again. On the flip side, when you enter your second trimester, you can exhale and reveal to everyone that you are indeed expecting, sharing all the joy and happiness that comes with it. Common dreams that run the gamut include:
As noted, the above is a compilation of some of the common, colorful dreams experienced during pregnancy. It is a fun look at these dreams, letting you know that when you have one that seems so “out there” – all is well and you are not alone!
Have you experienced any of these dreams during pregnancy?
The information included in this article and on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always consult your healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for your own situation.
Articles referencing dream changes include:
Kelly K. 9 Common Pregnancy Dreams and What They Mean. https://www.parents.com. Parents. https://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-life/sleep/common-pregnancy-dreams-and-whats-really-behind-them. Published 2019. Accessed November 4, 2019.
The Vivid Dreams of Pregnant Women. WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/baby/features/vivid-dreams-of-pregnant-women#. Published 2003. Accessed November 4, 2019.
de Bellefonds C. Pregnancy Dreams and Pregnancy Sex Dreams: What Do They Mean? | What to Expect. https://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/symptoms-and-solutions/pregnancy-dreams-and-daydreams/. Published 2018. Accessed November 4, 2019.
Carr M. Why Pregnant Women Have Bizarre Bad Dreams. Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/dream-factory/201610/why-pregnant-women-have-bizarre-bad-dreams. Posted Oct 13, 2016. Accessed November 4, 2019.