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Why Am I Having Such Crazy Dreams? What Do They Mean?

Why am I having all these crazy dreams? What do they mean? Is it a sign that something is wrong with my baby?

Dreams reflect your mental state, and let’s face it—you’re probably a bit of an anxious mess right now. The stresses and excitement of pregnancy don’t disappear when you sleep. Hormonal changes—specifically, progesterone and estrogen surges—also contribute to wacky dreams. And don’t forget about your constant nighttime awakenings to run to the bathroom. Dreams come during deep REM sleep, and when you wake during this stage, it’s much easier to remember those vivid visions.

So why are you suddenly dreaming about rainforests and oceans…and talking animals…and sex (not just with your partner)… and tall buildings? These common themes represent emotions and anxiety about your changing body, that person growing inside you, and your evolving relationship with your mate.

Though odd dreams can be disturbing, they’re also helpful. Look at it as your subconscious’s chance to work through anxieties and other heavy emotions. And finally, don’t put too much stock in any nighttime “premonitions.” You’re a nervous mommy, not a prophet.

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