You may experience some very vivid and abstract dreams during pregnancy. So vivid and real that you need to pinch yourself when you wake up, just to make sure it really was a dream. Unfortunately you could also experience pregnancy nightmares and unpleasant dreams.
Yes, having vivid dreams is common during pregnancy.
Picture this: you are six months pregnant and you wake up suddenly but don’t know where you are. It takes you a few minutes to realise you are in your own bed in your own bedroom. It feels like you have just arrived back from some kind of parallel universe with a big bump (literally!). Welcome to the crazy world of pregnancy dreaming; frequent dreaming, intense dreams, weird dreams – all completely normal during pregnancy.
On the other hand, you may have worrying dreams and nightmares that stay in your head and haunt you for days on end.
Dreams start straightaway in your first trimester. It is completely normal to find that your dreams change during pregnancy.
During the early first trimester, women tend to notice that their dreams get more vivid and that they are able to remember a lot from their dream.
The types of dreams women have in early pregnancy are about the baby. These dreams could be quite abstract. Also dreams about people that were once close to you. Many women are surprised that they dream about old friends and partners, or perhaps relatives who have passed on.
Women tend to experience more weird dreams as their pregnancy progresses. As your body changes, so do your dreams and your level of dream recall.
Your dreams could get quite raunchy and you could be getting up to all sorts of adventures at night…with all sorts of different partners. All during your dreams of course! Your dreams could be so out of the ordinary that you might feel guilty towards your partner for “cheating on him”.
You could have dreams about not being a good mother, forgetting your baby somewhere. Or suddenly not being pregnant after all and it was all just a big mistake.