PREGNANCY DREAMS INTERPRETED
Forgetting where you put the baby
"The dream I remember most was one in which I had given birth, and the baby would be missing. I'd wake up with the 'I thought you had her' startle," says Rory Evans, of Brooklyn, New York. Many women fear this dream is a premonition. "Patients share dreams about misplacing the baby, or harm coming to the baby," says Marjorie Greenfield, author of The Working Woman's Pregnancy Book. "I tell them that dreams are your brain's way of working out fears and anxieties. A dream is only a projection of what you are dealing with. It can't predict the future." Your unconscious is priming for your life's seismic next chapter!
Birthing a critter
Greenfield herself dreamt she gave birth to a cat. "I knew the dream was a way for my psyche to give labor a practice run," she says. Dreams about animals prep you for the helpless creature that will be in your care soon enough. As pregnancy progresses, the animals will often grow older and develop human qualities, says Veronica Tonay, Ph.D., author of Every Dream Interpreted. "In the first trimester, you may dream about bunnies and, later, talking rabbits," Dr. Tonay says. "These images are often friendly and make us feel safe." Similarly, some moms dream they can take their baby out of their belly, play with him and then put him back. A dream dress rehearsal!
Mommy to a monster
During the first and second tri, the majority of moms-to-be will dream their baby is dangerous or that they are in danger. My own mom dreamt I was a cockroach! In fact, according to Sleep, 42 percent of preggos have nightmares. "Hostility and fear of the baby are part of early pregnancy; this type of dream lets you to work through emotions," Lara-Carrasco says. Good to know Mom was just processing her anxiety!
Teeth falling out
While pregnant with my first son, Conrad, I had a recurring dream that I was making a presentation at work and my teeth were crumbling. By the end, my teeth would be all over the conference table. Crumbling teeth is symbolic of losing control, Lara-Carrasco explains. The dream's recurrent nature shows I was super stressed about how my pregnancy would affect my work, she says. Nearly a quarter of AB Facebook fans have frequent dreams of their teeth falling out, so if you've had one, you're in good, gummy company.
"I dreamed I was on a plane with my family and the president. The plane started to take off, and I rushed to get off, and then I ended up in a fireman suit, battling the Gladiator Fire somewhere in Arizona," recalls Desire Gonzales, an AB Facebook fan. Dreams about fame and heroism are proof that you're internalizing the importance of your role as a mom. You're going to be the most influential person in your kid's life—yup, a genuine superstar!
Originally published in the October 2011 issue of American Baby magazine. Updated November 2012.
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