Dreaming and Pregnancy

Updated on December 08, 2010
K.M. asks from Virginia Beach, VA
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I'm only a few weeks pregnant but this has already become an issue. I dream vividly ALL NIGHT!!! It's like having a movie going on in my head or like leaving the TV on all night while I sleep. I wake up a million times a night frustrated because I can't get my brain to turn off. I've always dreamt even when not pregnant but not to this extent. I don't feel like there's a moment in which I'm NOT dreaming. I find myself looking forward to the morning so my brain will shut up! When I wake up my body feels rested but my brain does not. It doesn't feel refreshed and ready for a new day. It's exhausting. The same thing happened during my last pregnancy but it started in the 2nd trimester not 2 seconds after I found out I was pregnant like it did this time. Has this happened to anyone? Do you have any tips or tricks for getting some rest for my brain?

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answers from Chicago on

Me too !!! I remember one day woke up feeling so mad to my hubby because what he did in my dream. LOL. I don't remember doing anything about it...

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answers from Tulsa on

yep dont you love the reallywierd dreams you have.

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answers from Miami on

I'm pregnant with baby #4 (19 weeks) and I can tell you this vivid dreaming is so normal for me when I'm pregnant! It's like watching movies in my sleep! I even get the pornographic ones and WHOA! LOL! I don't know of any tricks to turn this dreaming off but if you can, just try to rest during the day. If you wake up remembering them, keep a journal, if you are journal type of girl. After the baby is born, you'll be surprised how "normal" your body gets and you'll forget all the "movies" that played in your head. It might be entertaining to re-visit those dreams that you wrote down.

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answers from St. Louis on

I had LOTS of dreams in the beginning. I am 16 weeks and it slowed down a lot. Once your hormones adjust it should get better. Even though I had a bad dream last night. :(

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answers from New York on

Oh yeah, pregnancy dreams are soooooo strange for me. And once I get into the later stages I start having a recurring dream that I can't remember anything about the labor/delivery, the baby isn't in my room, and no one will tell me what happened...I hate that one, and I'm not looking forward to it, but am expecting them to start in about 2 months :-(

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answers from Modesto on

Ahh, the prego dreams. I miss that! Where else can you see such action and adventure for free and without eating popcorn?!
I would nap during the day if you can, or just realize you DID actually rest but just in a different "state".
I would log some of the better ones because you will forget most ot them. My favorites were the ones where I just delivered and was waiting for the big reveal for the sex of the baby, and I always woke up or the channel changed right before! That used make me wake up irritated ;)

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answers from Redding on

I love dreaming!
You're exactly right....it's like going to the movies every night. I rarely have bad dreams and I've had dreams that were so funny, I couldn't wait to share them with people who made "guest appearances".
I just go with it. Sometimes I get frustrated if I wake up and didn't get to finish my dream.
Maybe try peaceful meditation before bed where you calmly repeat a mantra of some kind. It might help other thoughts from flooding your mind.

I hope you get some good advice.
Best wishes and congratulations.

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answers from Seattle on

I had/have (I am still prego) CRAZY sexy dreams! Like porno going on in my head, every night! Sometimes it would be fun to go to sleep, but most of the time I was just MORE tired when I woke up!
Make sure to take some naps during the day, if you can. I have no shame turning on the boob-tube for my boys at about 2pm so I can sleep for 1/2-1hour. And they love it too!

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answers from Houston on

Yes, you do a 'brain dump' right before bed and when you wake. I was an insomniac for years and this really helped me. Keep a pad of paper and pen next to your bed, and write those annoying thoughts down. It's amazing how that relieves anxiety and lets you rest. In the morning, the handwriting is often almost unreadable!

My strangest pregnancy dream was I gave birth to my dog, who looked like a tiny baby seal, all covered in this clear slime. 5 years later and I can still remember cradling the 'baby' thinking, oh my gosh what it this!?

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answers from Austin on

I was the same way.. I would dream about work and work all through the night.. Then my mom told me I could control it.. If you are dreaming and become aware you are dreaming.. you can control it by dreaming you are going to bed ans sleeping.. I make my dream self find a cozy bed or place and laydown with the purose of sleeping.. Give it a try..

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answers from Washington DC on

Hi K.,

Dreaming actually occurs during the deepest part of sleep, so you are probably more rested than your brain may feel. During pregnancy, my dreams were more vivid too, but I had such bad morning sickness keeping me awake, the dreams were not an issue.

Besides the pregnancy, do you have a lot going on in your life right now. Are you under more stress than normal? Dreams are the subconscious mind's way of working out what happened while you were awake that day. The more stressful the day, the more 'sorting out' the subconscious mind has to do.

I am pretty sure chamomile tea is safe during pregnancy. Give it a try if it is. Dr. Oz was talking about it's calming and relaxing effects the other day and suggested drinking it before bedtime for a restful night's sleep.

Hope you are able to get the rest you need,



answers from Washington DC on

Hi! I remember dreaming vividly too- it was like my dreams went from black and white to technicolor during my pregnancy! I would recommend meditating right before you go to sleep at night. It will restore a level of calm and inner quietness to your mind that will make falling into a deep sleep easier. It also feels like you're deeply asleep while you're meditating, very refreshing!
Best of luck with your pregnancy! You can also try doing some gentle yoga stretches before meditating.

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