Dreams can get a little weirder in pregnancy, but there’s no need to let is cause mum-to-be anxiety
Pregnant with a kitten. In the throes of labour. Holding your baby… who looks like your boss.
Dreams can take on a whole new level of weirdness in pregnancy. And while some give you good laughter material for your next antenatal class, others can leave you feeling anxious and dwelling on what you pictured.
Pregnancy dreams are actually a good opportunity to address and work out how you’re feeling right now. You’ve just got to be open to them.
Pregnancy dreams are actually a good opportunity to address and work out how you’re feeling right now
What your dreams mean
Dreams reflect the sense of the unknown you may be feeling. ‘If you’re worried about bathing your newborn for example, you may dream about a version of that scenario,’ says psychologist Sandra Wheatley.
Your brain’s also playing catch up with the changes your body’s going through, and the two can be closely linked – some mums-to-be even find they’ve leaked milk after dreaming about breastfeeding.
Use your dreams as a conversation starter
You dreamt your partner fainted during your birth. Nobody can blame you for your mind’s night-time wanderings, so tell him – even if it’s just for a giggle or to use as a starting point for a chat about any concerns.
‘It’s nice to involve him in your pregnancy in this way, and can give you a good hook for a conversation about how things will play out in real life,’ says Sandra. ‘You may even find he’s been having his own bizarre dreams.’
Talk to a professional
A recurring dream is very normal, but it can leave you unsettled, especially if it’s something worrying or frightening.
‘The dream itself has no effect on your pregnancy, labour or life as a parent, but if it’s making you panicked, anxious or stressed, that isn’t good for you or your baby,’ says Sandra. ‘Open up to your midwife or doctor to get reassurance and support.’
If it is a fear about birth or becoming a mum, finding out more can help ease your worries.
If a dream has woken you…
And you can’t drift off to sleep again, read for a few minutes – studies show it relaxes you – or distract yourself with a toilet trip or by going to get a glass of water. You could also keep a notebook by your bed so you can write down a few notes about the dream – it could make for interesting morning reading!
If sleeplessness in pregnancy is getting you down, try some of our mum-to-be insomnia beating tips.