Pregnant dreams have befuddled and bedazzled for eons. Are they messages, predictions, or metaphorical interpretations of our lived experiences?
Philosophers, poets, and scientists have all come up with theories about pregnant dream meaning possibilities—only some of which overlap.
So what do these night visitors tell us about our waking life?
The tricky thing is, every time you open a conversation with “I keep having dreams about being pregnant”, you will most likely get a different response.
Some people will say it means nothing, and some people will say it means you’re on the verge of having twins!
Frustrating, we know—because whether you hope to be pregnant or not, dreams about being pregnant can feel big.
Let’s dive in.
In this article: 📝
- Can dreams predict pregnancy?
- What do dreams of being pregnant mean?
- Your dream of being pregnant when you’re TTC
Can dreams predict pregnancy?
So, you’ve just woken up from seeing yourself pregnant in a dream. Does this mean something? Is what you experienced in the dream world a message of some sort?
The reality is, the only surefire way to know if you’re pregnant is a positive pregnancy test.
Most of these work by testing your levels of hCG—AKA the pregnancy hormone—and can be done at home or at a doctor’s office.
But that doesn’t mean your dreams about being pregnant are insignificant.
There are many theories from all over the world on the meaning of pregnancy dreams.
To put them in context, the first question is, why do we dream at all?
Well, the research is ongoing on this, but we have some solid theories.
We know that most dreaming happens in the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) state, which we cycle through a few times a night.
Sleep studies show that in this state, our brains appear to be almost as active as when we’re awake. No wonder we often experience dreams as incredibly real!
The balance of neurotransmitters when we’re in REM differs from when we’re awake.
The ones that keep us alert and active (serotonin and norepinephrine) are suppressed, while dopamine (the one that is linked to hallucinations) is working hard. And this potentially accounts for why dreams can feel so weird for us.
What do dreams of being pregnant mean?
Way back in the 1940s, a Polish psychoanalyst named Helene Deutsch linked pregnancy anxiety to the unconscious mind.
Although many of her theories would be seen as controversial today, she did open up a discussion about the link between dreaming and pregnancy.
Another famous psychoanalyst, Carl Jung, proposed several theories about the value of dreaming.
For him, dreams were a way for your psyche to communicate important messages to you. But that doesn’t mean that a dream about pregnancy means that you’re actually pregnant.
Rather, images within dreams act symbolically rather than literally—so a dream about pregnancy might not be about physical pregnancy at all.
Some possible interpretations? A rebirth or transition in your life, inner growth, or an expression of creativity.
Your dream of being pregnant when you’re TTC
While the research is still ongoing, a pregnancy dream may indeed signal that you are feeling ready for the journey.
It all depends on who you are and where you’re at when your subconscious shows these images to you.
And if you are pregnant, you might find you are dreaming in a whole new way.
As this 2014 study shows, you may experience very vivid dreams, particularly in the third trimester of your pregnancy.
This 2016 study backs this up—highlighting how prevalent nightmares may be right now.
There’s a lot going on at this time that could disturb your sleep.
From uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms to anxiety about mamahood, a peaceful night’s rest might be hard to come by.
If you’re looking for tips on how to get a good night’s sleep when pregnant, head here.
Wherever you’re at, be kind to yourself. Reach out when you need to—to healthcare providers, friends and family, and your Peanut community. You don’t have to do this alone.
All the best.
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