Dreams reflect your emotional state which means they’re more intense when you’re going through unusual circumstances. Pregnancy is like riding on a rollercoaster so it makes sense that your dreams are more vivid during this time. That boost in progesterone definitely plays a role. Take a closer look at all the pregnancy changes that make your dreams come alive.
Pregnancy Heightens Your Senses
Shortly after you realize you’re pregnant, you also realize that you have a stronger sense of smell. For instance, it’s a lot easier to tell when someone hasn’t brushed their teeth or had onions for breakfast. Of course, your heightened senses involves more than your nose. You also notice more things around you and become more sensitive to sound. This heightened state of awareness is also true in your dreams. It’s why your dreams are more vivid and easier to remember.
Progesterone Levels Are at an All-Time High
Pregnancy brings about all sorts of changes to your body, but a major change is an elevated level of progesterone. Progesterone is a pregnancy hormone that affects your mood. This change in mood affects your dreams and makes them more vivid. Lots of doctors report that women dream a lot more when they’re pregnant and might need a nightmare analysis simply because their body is adjusting to the progesterone.
Your Pregnant Body Needs More Sleep
Pregnancy takes a toll on your body — it’s hard work carrying around the extra weight of a baby. That’s why you need more sleep when you’re pregnant, especially in the first trimester when you’re adjusting to pregnant life and in the third trimester when your baby is gaining weight like crazy. Since you’re sleeping so much more, it also makes sense that you’re dreaming more. All that extra sleep also increases the chances that you’ll remember what you dream, especially if you get in the habit of taking naps every afternoon or as soon as you get home from work.
You Wake Up More Often When You’re Pregnant
Most pregnant women report making more frequent trips to the bathroom, especially during the night. This is because the baby puts more pressure on your bladder. Getting up to go to the bathroom interrupts your sleep, making it more likely for you to wake up in the middle of a dream. When this happens, you can usually recall the things that were happening in your dreams more vividly. The same is true about short naps or when your baby suddenly kicks a rib and wakes you up in the middle of a dream.
Since you tend to remember your dreams more when you’re pregnant, you should take the time to get them interpreted. You never know what your subconscious mind might be trying to tell you. For instance, maybe it’s telling you to relax and take care of yourself better. A dream interpreter can help you look at the symbolism in your dreams, just make sure to write down everything you remember when you wake up.
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