If you’re pregnant, then you probably want to make the most of getting as many hours sleep as possible before the newborn arrives.
A good night's sleep is even more essential whilst pregnant and is vital to help you recover from the stress on your body during the day and prepare for the day that you have ahead.
However, if you have been experiencing some very unusual, vivid dreams, then do not be alarmed because this is very common while pregnant, no matter what trimester you’re in. As part of Happy Beds’ pregnancy campaign, their sleep expert, Joy Richards looked at why we dream more when we are pregnant and the five most common themes when it comes to dreaming while pregnant.
Pregnancy dreams and their meanings:
1) Dreams about water
Dreaming about water is common whether you’re pregnant or not, but when you actually are carrying a baby, these dreams can be a lot more vivid and can connotate different meanings depending how far along you are.
The idea of rain, rivers and seas are frequent at the beginning of pregnancy, while floods and large waves tend to be a theme in the last trimester. Rain is a sign of cleansing, and connotates new beginnings and a new life, while flooding tends to represent your water breaking and the beginning of birthing.
Why are dreams more vivid now I'm pregnant?
You’re more likely to remember a dream if you wake up in the middle of it, and as you are waking up a lot more during pregnancy due to morning sickness, back pain and need to use the toilet, those dreams are a lot more vivid.
The dreams that you may be experiencing are also due to the combined hormonal changes and physical changes with the generic stress and anxiety that you may be going through towards the build-up of labour day.
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As part of the campaign, Happy Beds also looked at the best sleeping positions for pregnant women in order to get the best snooze possible. By following some of these steps, it will ensure that you hopefully get more than the average 5 hours of sleep a night while pregnant and minimise your vivid dreams.