Nightmares During Pregnancy: Many women seem to experience a large amount of nightmares during their pregnancy, but are this normal? According to many OBGYN doctors is it very normal. You may also notice that your dreams are a little on the weird side. This also is entirely normal, remember that you are getting a lot less sleep than normal, and in some cases this can add to your stress.
Dreams during pregnancy may be more intense and often nightmarish. You may dream that you unable to feed the baby or that you have lost the baby. These dreams are frequently caused by the stress of pregnancy and the fear of childbirth coupled with you body’s changing hormones. Mothers, particularly first time mothers, have numerous questions about both childbirth and baby rearing. You may fear there will be compilations during childbirth. The changing hormone level can make these nightmares much more vivid than anything you have ever experienced before.
You may question just how good a mother you will be. In the blink of an eye, you will be responsible for taking care of all the needs of another life and it is only natural to wonder if you will be up to the task. If you dream that you cannot feed the baby, this may just be symbolic of your overall fear of not being able to take care of the baby in general.
You may also dream the baby is deformed or you may even dream you give birth to an animal instead of a baby. Again, this is normal and caused by stress and anxiety, as well as hormone levels. These types of dreams are particularly common in first time mothers
You must understand that these dreams should be given some attention. If you have a fear, even if it seems unreasonable, it will help alleviate the dreams if you try to confront the fear.
First, write down as much of the dream as you can remember as soon as you awake. Do this each day and look for any recurring themes. If you see one, such as dreaming you cannot feed the baby; confront that fear during waking hours. Get as prepared as you can for the arrival of the baby. Read books, watch birthing shows on television, If you are worried about childbirth, attend classes so you know as much as you can about what to expect
Another way to prevent these dreams from continually recurring is to try not to worry so much. I know that this is easier said than done, but it is certainly something that can be accomplished. It may also help to talk to someone about the dreams, or about what may be bothering you. A good place to start is with your mother or someone you trust that has children. They should be able to ease some of your worries and concerns about becoming a mother for the first time. Remember that this is something that they have already lived through. They can share some of their own personal experiences with you. Another suggestion is one that most women do not want to do, try talking things over with your husband. You may not think so at first, but your husband really can offer you a lot of comfort. He may have his own worries and concerns about being a father for the first time. This way you will both be helping each other. The bottom line is that nightmares are something that occurs during most pregnancy’s. The more relaxed that you are able to be the fewer nightmares you will have.
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