Themes for Pregnancy Dreams
Your dreams during pregnancy can be crazy, exceptionally vivid, bizarre, and sometimes frightening. There are some themes in pregnancy dreams that many women experience. Here are a few common themes and what they may mean:
Childhood home or childhood friends appearing in dreams
These dreams symbolize your past self. Pregnant women often dream about their childhood homes or acquaintances because they’re sort of saying goodbye to their old selves and recognizing that they will be assuming a new identity soon.
You may have more erotic dreams while pregnant. You hormones are changing, your blood flow is increasing, and you are experiencing many different emotions. People you dream about generally represent something about yourself. If you dream about a co-worker or friend, you’re really dreaming about yourself and who you are in regards to that person. Dreams about exes may mean that you’re thinking about your past self.
Dreams about the gender of your baby
Many women dream of their baby’s gender. Well, these women probably don’t have psychic powers. Dreaming about your baby’s gender means different things to different people. It may be you are hoping very much for either a boy or girl, and that’s spilling over into dreamland, or it could represent the fear of having one or the other.
Dreams about transportation and losing control
You might be alone in a moving car but trapped in the backseat, or you might be on a crazy rollercoaster. These dreams tend to represent your feelings of lack of control, whether that’s over your changing body or changes in your life. These dreams can also be exhilarating or terrifying, depending on your waking reaction.
Water is a powerful theme in dreams. Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy and your attitude toward pregnancy, the water dreams can mean a number of things. For example, if you’re newly pregnant and dreaming of water (e.g. rain, ocean, bathtubs, garden hoses), it can mean a feeling of cleansing, new beginnings, and new life. If you’re at the end of your pregnancy and dreaming of water (a dam bursts, or a tidal wave, etc.), it might be a representation of your feelings toward the impending labor.
Dreams that your baby is born, but it’s not a baby
Many women dream of giving birth; however, in the dream, it’s not a little newborn that they meet – it’s a grown adult or a pet. This might suggest that you’re having some fear about becoming a parent and, through dreaming, you’ve self-constructed a baby that you’d have no trouble taking care of, such as a self-sufficient adult or a kitten.
Dreams about losing, or forgetting, your baby somewhere
Dreaming about losing your baby, or having the baby and then forgetting it somewhere (at home alone, at the hospital, in the garage), is also pretty common. Experts believe this is just another manifestation of fear that you’re not ready to be a parent.