In the first place, it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep during pregnancy. And then after hours of struggle, when you finally drop off to sleep, you’re tormented by those vivid, bizarre and sometimes scary dreams.
You can hear a baby crying incessantly, but don’t know where the sound comes from. You fell off a height. Or even crazier your baby was born an adult or the nurse presented you with a basket of kittens as your babies. Sounds weird I know, but it’s a fact.
The unusual themes of pregnancy dreams hold expectant women back from discussing them with their partner or a health care provider. However, you need not hesitate. It’s absolutely normal. Several expectant women complain of seeing strange and unexplainable dreams at night.
Pregnancy dreams won’t cause any harm. But, you should learn how to better control them so that they do not push you to the edge of fear or excitement. This section lists tips to handle vivid pregnancy dreams, but before that let’s take a look at what causes them.
Why do you see vivid and scary dreams?
The dreams you see during pregnancy are a reflection of your emotional state. It’s a mix of varied emotions. You’re happy for your extending family, excited about your little one and also anxious and scared about pregnancy and impending motherhood. The stress and emotions play on the mind to conjure up the strange visions and images you see when asleep.
Some researchers also report that the other culprit for these unusual dreams is the hormone Progesterone. Progesterone secreted by the placenta is responsible for many of the physical changes occurring during pregnancy.
The Themes of Pregnancy Dreams
Pregnancy dreams may occur during each trimester of pregnancy. Following are some of the common themes:
- Physical changes to the body
- Harm to the baby or a family member
- Messing up a baby chore
- Disappearing or cheating spouses
- Falling and running
- The Gender of the baby
- The looks of the baby
- Labor and delivery
It is observed that the dreams are closely related to the fears and joys and the physical changes dominant during each trimester. Water is a common theme for themes occurring in the first trimester. The second trimester is marked with dreams on animals (representative of babies), while in the third trimester women’s dreams speak about the baby, about their relationships, about journeys and even sex.
How to handle pregnancy dreams?
- First, don’t panic! Whether the dream is a silly one or a nightmare, convince yourself that it is normal and won’t harm you or your baby.
- Many women prefer to keep a dream journal. They jot down the dreams they remember. They look for the fears and anxieties in their dreams and try to work on them.
- Share the dreams with your spouse. It will be easier to laugh them off.
- When pregnant, don’t harbor any doubts. Never hesitate to ask someone about the unusual changes you experience. It could be a friend, your mother or another pregnant woman.
- Speak to a midwife or a health care provider about your dreams particularly if they are scary. A health acre provider or counselor will help you identify and confront your fears in a strategic manner.
- In addition to this, you can improve the quality of sleep by making your bedroom sleep friendly. Don’t exercise before bedtime. Eat a light meal and drink fewer fluids at night.