Dreams are like funhouse mirrors that reflect your emotional state. Since pregnancy can feel like an emotional roller coaster, don't be surprised if your dreams become more vivid and crazy than usual. Dreams also become more vivid during pregnancy because of increased progesterone and increased awakenings from dream-filled REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.
Some experts think pregnancy dreams - which can be about everything from tadpoles and fishes to talking animals and towering skyscrapers - symbolize your excitement, fear, and apprehension about the physical and emotional changes happening to you. They believe that certain themes are common to each stage of pregnancy.
What do they mean?
We've asked world-renowned psychologist and dream expert Patricia Garfield, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Dreams, to tell us what some common pregnancy dreams might mean.
- First trimester dreams
- Second trimester dreams
- Third trimester dreams
- Dreams in your final weeks
- Deciphering expectant dads' dreams
- Chronicle and decode your dreams with our pregnancy dream diary