Many women report an increase in vivid or unusual dreams during their pregnancy. While many women will notice their dreams becoming more intense during their final trimester, changes to how you dream can happen in any trimester.


Are you experiencing strange, vivid or abnormal dreams now that you’re pregnant? Not to worry. In this week’s article, we answer some of the most commonly asked questions from Mums-to-Be. Check it out.


What’s Causing these Unusual Dreams?


Many pregnant women report a change in the intensity and content of their dreams, during their prenatal months. For example, it’s not uncommon for a woman’s dreams to become more vivid, outlandish or intense.


The exact causes can vary. Your dreams might be influenced by physiological changes or occurrences, such as indigestion, nausea, back pain, hormone changes, and other side-effects of pregnancy. Not only that, but a sudden shift in the content of your dreams might be linked to psychological and emotional causes.  Pregnancy, after all, can be an emotionally complicated and intense time. Anxieties and concerns about becoming a mother are completely normal, and might influence your dreams.


Just remember. Your dreams are often symbolic and metaphorical interpretations of your subconscious anxieties, fears and concerns. With such a big change on the horizon, it’s not surprising your dreams have taken on a new intensity.


Should I Be Concerned?


Absolutely not. Many, many women report experiencing strange, intense or even downright frightening dreams - particularly in their final trimester. In many ways, this is your subconscious working through some of your deep-most feelings and thoughts.


Is it Possible to Interpret Them?


There are different theories - some based in the psychological sciences, some not - about the symbolic and allegorical meanings of certain dreams. The most common view is that certain kinds of dreams are usually a sign of subconscious feelings, emotions or anxieties.


For example, if you experience dreams about making some mistake as a parent, such as leaving them behind in a supermarket or an inability to do simple tasks like change your baby’s nappy, this could quite easily be interpreted in relation to your fears and concerns about becoming a parent. Similarly, you might experience more abstract, generalised anxiety dreams, such as losing control of the wheel of a car or getting lost in the ocean. Again, these might be linked to your anxieties about how your life might change after your baby is born.


Is There Anything I Can do to Stop Them?


There’s very little you can do about strange or unusual dreams during your pregnancy. The good news, however, is that they’re perfectly normal and nothing to worry about.


For more information on dreams during the various trimesters, and on interpreting dreams in general, check out the following resources:


http://www.webmd.com/baby/features/vivid-dreams-of-pregnant-women

http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/ask-heidi/week-28/dreams-and-daydreams.aspx

http://www.everydayhealth.com/sleep/101/why-do-we-dream.aspx