The spiritual meaning of pregnancy dreams is highly symbolic. If you dreamed last night that you were seduced by a Pop-tart on a game show (be honest), then it might unnerve you to learn that our dreams are reflexive of our deeper subconscious. However, if you are not pregnant and have no hankering to be so, dreaming of another human growing inside you is understandably alarming. Most of the time pregnancy dreams have nothing to do with a desire or lack of desire to become pregnant.
As it turns out, pregnancy dreams happen to everyone. Just consider the possibility that the eighty-seven-year-old monk standing next to you on the subway had such a dream. Why, because both men and women report pregnancy dreams, including people of all ages and sexual statuses. Surprisingly, more people report pregnancy and fertility dreams than anything else. The dreams that torment many of us like the fear of falling or being inappropriately naked are in comparison less frequent.
Sex dreams are actually the least common. According to an article from 2014 by The New York Daily News, data compiled by DreamsCloud ( a site that indexes and interprets people’s dreams across the world) said that New Yorkers dreamed about doing the nasty 20% more than Floridians. Interestingly, New Yorkers are more likely to have dreams about their teeth falling out. Read our article on this subject. Trust us, it is more common than you would think.
See below for some possible insights into the spiritual meaning of pregnancy in your dreams.
Creativity is the Nucleus of the Spiritual Meaning of Your Pregnancy Dreams
The idea of giving birth could represent a desire to give birth to new ideas or projects. Literally, your dreams could signify the creation of a new life form. Pregnancy dreams are insightful vehicles into our creative visions. Perhaps you have been grappling with an idea IRL. Our dreams our useful tools for the subconscious to work through and solve some of the issues that are plaguing our waking lives.
Many inventions and works of art were labors of dreams. For example, the song “Yesterday” by The Beatles’ Paul McCartney and Einstein’s theory of relativity, were inventions yielded through a productive REM sesh. The Stephenie Meyer novel Twilight was birthed after an imagined torrid conversation between human and vampire lovers, Edward Cullen and Bella Swan.
If you are experiencing pregnancy dreams consider investing time in a creative project or hobby that has been on your mind. Experts opine that these types of dreams could indicate that an individual has some disowned passions. Perhaps, you are a lawyer with a sixty-hour work week with little time for your side passions. Your dream is giving you license to maybe start that home renovation project or finish that novel. “Taking me” time is better for us all in the long run. We say do you girl.
How Does Pregnancy Affect Dreams?
Dreams are often associated with our emotions and feelings. When we dream, our brain processes information, making it easier for us to understand what we’re feeling emotional. Our brains work harder during REM sleep, where most dreaming occurs. So, if you’re pregnant, you might find yourself dreaming about pregnancy symptoms or even having vivid dreams about being pregnant.
If you notice anything unusual in your dreams, talk to your doctor. Some things that could affect your dreams include:• Being stressed out
- Having too much caffeine
- Not getting enough rest
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Lack of exercise
Why Does Pregnancy Affect Dreams?
Dreams during pregnancy are mostly pleasant ones. But there are some common nightmares experienced by women. Many times, those dreams are related to emotions like fear, anxiety, guilt, stress, etc. While most people think that dreaming about pregnancy is normal, it can actually indicate something wrong. Here are some reasons why you might be having disturbing dreams while pregnant.
Dreaming about being pregnant is very common during pregnancy. Most people experience dreams about pregnancy during the second trimester; however, some women report having dreams about becoming pregnant even earlier. While dreaming about being pregnant is normal, it can sometimes cause anxiety, stress, and worry. If you are experiencing nightmares about being pregnant, speak with your doctor to determine whether there is anything else causing your concern.
Pregnancy and the Sleep Cycle
Sleep researchers know that pregnant women experience changes in their sleep patterns. They are less likely to fall asleep quickly, and they spend longer periods awake during the day. This is because the fetus needs to grow and develop. As it grows, it increases the amount of oxygen needed inside the mother’s body. To make sure her baby gets enough oxygen, she must breathe faster and deeper. She also produces more hormones that keep her alert, such as cortisol and prolactin.
In addition to physical changes, pregnant women also experience mental changes. For example, some women report having more vivid dreams during pregnancy. These dreams may be related to the increased production of the progesterone hormone. Progesterone helps regulate sleep cycles. When levels of progesterone rise, women tend to wake up earlier and go to bed later.
Women who dream about sex while they are pregnant may be experiencing an increased level of progesterone. In one study, researchers asked women to record their dreams over several nights. On average, pregnant women reported dreaming about sexual activity twice as frequently as nonpregnant women did.
During pregnancy, there is a shift in how we sleep. We move from rapid eye movement (REM) sleep toward slow wave sleep. Slow wave sleep lasts longer and is associated with slower breathing rates and lower heart rates. Because of this, women tend to wake more easily during slow-wave sleep.
Should I Be Worried About Vivid Pregnancy Dreams?
Most women will experience vivid dreams while pregnant. But some pregnant women report having nightmares that could indicate an underlining problem. One study found that pregnant women who are feeling anxious or stressed may dream more often. Other research suggests that pregnant women who dream about being chased may be experiencing anxiety.
Dreaming is one way our brains process information. We spend up to 80% of our sleep cycles asleep. While we’re sleeping, our subconscious mind processes what happened earlier in the day. This helps us make sense of things and prepare for the future. Dreaming occurs when you enter REM sleep. You don’t remember most of your dreams, but you do remember the emotions associated with them.
In addition to helping you deal with stress, dreams can help you bond with your baby. Research indicates that mothers who dream about their babies tend to respond better to their infants’ cries. They also tend to breastfeed longer.
Your Pregnancy Dream Indicates New Life
Your pregnancy dreams could signify positive changes to come to you in your personal life. An improvement might be in the works such as a new relationship on the horizon or a career opportunity. Perhaps, you are in the process of looking for a new house or an apartment. Your dreams could be telling you that you have a strong sense things are working in your favor.
With new things brewing in your life, it is likely that you could be experiencing some anxiety. Your dreams could be manifestations of your fears about entering a new phase of your life. As people, we are designed to evolve spiritually, mentally, and physically. It is also possible that your dreams are reminding you to work through some of the issues that have been gestating within you (like a gestating fetus). Our dreams have a way of bringing to the surface the things in our lives that need to come full-term.
What Can You Do About Pregnancy Dreams?
Keeping a dream journal is highly encouraged by dream interpreters. To help determine the spiritual meaning of your dreams, it can be helpful to log your dreams and how often certain dreams occur. By definition, a lucid dream is one in which the sleeper is conscious that they are dreaming.
Don’t worry too much about pregnancy dream interpretations. They aren’t necessarily a sign of anything negative happening in your life. If you ever had a dream where you saw yourself pregnant, it doesn’t mean that you’re having trouble conceiving now. In fact, it could just be a very happy dream.
Your partner should talk to you if he or she wants to know what you think about his or her dreams about being pregnant. This is because there are some things that you might want to discuss with him or her. For example, maybe you both agree that you don’t want children anytime soon. Or perhaps you’d like to start trying to conceive sooner rather than later. Whatever the case, talking about your thoughts on the matter can help you make decisions together.
If you do decide to have kids someday, pregnancy dreams are a great way to prepare for parenthood. Think about how you felt when you learned that you were expecting. How did you feel? Did you smile? Were you excited? What emotions did you experience? These feelings are normal, and they’ll probably come up again during your pregnancy. So, try to remember those feelings and use them to guide you throughout your pregnancy.
You can also look into pregnancy dreams for clues about whether your baby is healthy or if something else is wrong. Maybe you dreamed that you were giving birth to twins, and you’ve been feeling exhausted lately. Or maybe you dreamed that you gave birth to a stillborn child. Either one of these scenarios could indicate that something is wrong with your baby.
So, don’t let pregnancy dreams freak you out. Instead, take advantage of them to learn more about your body and your baby. After all, you never know when you might actually become pregnant.
As we have established, dreams are a way to access the part of our mind that has been neglected or underutilized. Keeping a journal will reveal sources for creativity or perhaps mental blocks. The key to successful dream journaling according to Medium is to make an effort to remember your dreams and to journal daily. Also, jotting down your thoughts three hours upon waking helps.
Overall, dreams have a positive impact on our lives. There is evidence that dreams can help elevate depression. And contrary to popular belief, having lucid dreams does not interfere with the dream architecture, nor does it negatively impact how well you sleep. On average, people dream two hours a night and vivid dreams occur in the REM sleep cycle. So in the words of Aerosmith,” Dream On.”