Pregnancy Dreams Part 2

If you’re having strange dreams during pregnancy, you’re in good company. Many moms-to-be report bizarre dreams and nightmares during their 9+ months of pregnancy. As we discussed earlier this week, the imaginative scenarios that arise in your dreams are thanks to a combination of hormones and emotions that are swirling around in your body and psyche. Questions about your labor and delivery process, ability to be a parent and even characteristics of your baby may rear their head in your pregnancy dreams. Today we’re helping you interpret some common themes in your pregnancy dreams.

Pregnancy Dreams about Childbirth

Pregnancy Dreams Part 2Although your birthing dreams may be traumatic or have you giving birth to non-human animals or inanimate objects, dreaming about childbirth actually means you’re excited about the arrival of your baby. It is normal to have anxiety over the labor and delivery process because there are many unknowns and some of it may be out of your control. Pregnancy dreams about giving birth to anything other than a human baby are just representative of your baby and your feelings of nurture toward your little bundle of joy.

Pregnancy Dreams about Harming or Forgetting your Baby

It seems horrible that you would even dream about harming or forgetting your baby but these dreams are actually quite common and normal. Becoming a parent is a huge responsibility – probably the biggest role of your life. You may not feel prepared for the job and that can be reflected in dreams about leaving your baby somewhere or not being able to protect your baby from danger. Recognizing these fears may help you come to terms with feelings of not being ready for motherhood and may even up your game in preparing for the arrival of your baby.

Pregnancy Dreams about your Baby’s Gender

Your baby’s gender is probably top-of-mind for you during pregnancy. Even if you opt to find out the sex of your baby, the weeks leading up to the gender reveal can provoke pregnancy dreams about your baby boy or girl. As much as you may wish you could dream up your baby’s sex, it’s just not possible. You’ll have to wait for your blood work, ultrasound or delivery to know for sure.

Pregnancy Dreams about Conception

Metaphorical and realistic dreams about conception are common during pregnancy. Sometimes these dreams manifest as planting or burrowing in the earth or they may become sexual in nature. This is your subconscious helping you connect to your baby and form an early bond as she grows and develops in your womb.

Pregnancy Dreams about Water

Whether you’re pregnant or not, dreams about water are usually a reflection your own feelings. If the water is pure and clear, you’re feeling optimistic and confident about your life. Murky water may represent feelings of uncertainty and doubt. Water dreams during pregnancy often occur in the first trimester as the amniotic sac fills with fluids.

Pregnancy Dreams about Being Trapped

Dreams of entrapment may have dual meaning. First, it can help a mom-to-be emphasize with her baby who is “trapped” in the womb. Also, it may represent an expectant mom’s feelings of losing freedom as she enters this new phase in her life.

Pregnancy dreams are fascinating and can help you acknowledge and manage feelings of fear, anxiety, inadequacy and doubt. If you experience pregnancy dreams, take some time to understand the emotions behind them. It may help clear your mind and enter motherhood with excitement and fresh perspective.

Sources: Huffington Post and Fox News