With all of the symptoms and side effects, we deal with as pregnant women, there’s little we can say we haven’t dealt with. From bloating and fatigue to swollen feet and nausea, pregnant women run the gamut of uncomfortable side effects. One such side effect that isn’t as widely known, however, is one that affects more pregnant women than you might think. Maybe you’ve even experienced this strange pregnancy phenomenon yourself…
Strange pregnancy dreams.
If vivid and more frequent dreams are something you’ve experienced throughout your pregnancy, you’re not alone. Many pregnant women report having an increase in wildly detailed and realistic dreams and while this may seem like it could disturb sleep, in most cases, sleep quality doesn’t suffer.
There are a number of reasons why many pregnant women have strange dreams during pregnancy. So if this is a quirk you’ve experienced, you might be interested to know why it’s happening.
– Simply put, pregnant women need more sleep than women who are not. More sleep means more opportunity to dream and more opportunity to dream increases the likelihood for vivid dreams.
Better dream recall
– There are even certain studies that show an increase in actual dreaming and dream recollection in pregnant women. One theory to support this argues that because pregnant women wake up more frequently during the night due to baby movements and the need to urinate, they’re more easily able to remember each dream they had rather than the one they were having just before they wake up in the morning.
– There are those who argue that due to the increased and changing levels of hormones during pregnancy, dreams can become more colorful and animated. In addition, due to increased hormone levels, emotions can run high during dream states, and as a result, dreaming can feel very realistic.
Changes in diet
– Pickles before bed, tacos at midnight, ice cream for breakfast. Changes in the types of foods women eat and the times in which they eat them can cause indigestion and, as a result, cause some unpleasant dreams. Anyone who’s ever had a bad dream following a big spicy dinner can relate.
Another interesting quirk of pregnancy dreams is that a frequent theme is water. In a WebMD article, Karen Muller, Ph.D., a psychologist in private practice in Hayward, Calif. explains, “A fetus floating in water or a fish in water are common dreams. The mother swimming through water is also common and can relate to her identifying with the fetus.”
If the dreams you’re experiencing are scary or unpleasant, a change in diet can sometimes help. Cutting down on spicy or fried foods has been shown to help significantly.
Although pregnancy dreams can be intense and sometimes overwhelming, it’s important to remember that they’re completely normal and that they should subside once you have your baby.
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