Saturday, October 10, 2009

Dreams

I got my 17 week update from baby center this morning. I was shocked when they talked about dreams. That is almost exactly how I knew I was pregnant with Baby B. When I was pregnant with Alex I had dreams, some crazy, some interesting, some normal but most of the time they ALWAYS involved someone from my past. From my past being a high school friend, a ex boyfriend, a teacher, a child I used to watch, but all of them I have not seen in years. When I started having these dreams again of people from my past I knew or had a big feeling I was pregnant. I took the test and it got us to where we are now, 17 weeks pregnant.

My dreams are crazy and they are fast paced. I wake up from lots and lots of dreams each night and most I remember, very few I forget about. I found it very interesting that Baby Center brought up dreams this week. Does anyone else or did anyone else have crazy dreams while they where pregnant.

Dreams During Pregnancy

Many women report that their dream life shifts into high gear during pregnancy. Interestingly, during the second and third trimesters, you spend less sleep time in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the cycle in which most dreams occur. Why, then, all those frequent and vivid dream memories?

It's probably at least in part because you may be interrupting a dream-filled cycle when you wake up to pee, cope with heartburn, leg cramps, restless legs, or a backache, or to shift to a more comfortable position. Waking up during REM sleep makes you more likely to remember your dreams.

It may also be in part that dreams seem so vivid during pregnancy because for most women pregnancy is a time of such heightened emotions — from joy to apprehension and everything in between — but no one really knows for sure.

Here's a look at some common themes and what they may mean, according to Patricia Garfield, a clinical psychologist and author of Women's Bodies, Women's Dreams.



3 comments:

Emily said...

YOu know, I hear that wild dreams can happen during pregnancy...but I never experienced that. Maybe because I was just so freakin' exhausted all the time I was too tired to remember my dreams! lol

Meant to be a mom said...

I definitly had more dreams that I remebered while I was pregnant. How crazy though that, thats how you sort of new you were pregnant. Thats neat.

Jessica said...

I have crazy dreams when I'm pregnant, too. And it also always involves someone from my past. Weird. Thanks for the congrats! We are excited! Actually, no this pregnancy hasn't been really different than the last. I am more tired, but I think a lot of that has to do with chasing a 14 month old around all the time now! haha I can't wait to hear what you are having!!