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Dreams during pregnancy

I used to and some of them were so bad, it actually took me some time to shake them off and realise it was only a dream. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is normal and so common. Many women report having much more vivid and colorful dreams during pregnancy than they ever did before. This may be due to hormonal fluctuations, which can make your emotions and your dreams more intense now (even when you're sleeping). A more likely explanation has to do with how well you are sleeping. Since pregnant women tend to wake more often throughout the night (as a result of being physically uncomfortable, circadian rhythm changes, needing to pee, or because the baby is moving), they experience several interrupted phases of REM sleep, which is when dreams occur. If you're awakened during the REM stage of sleep or just afterward, you're a lot more likely to remember your dreams, making them seem more vivid, colorful, and real.⁠⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⁠⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Your bizarre dreams may reflect your thoughts, hopes, and fears about pregnancy and becoming a mom. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In a study exploring dream-associated behavior affecting pregnant and postpartum women, the researchers found that both pregnant and postpartum women recalled infant dreams and nightmares; however, postpartum women had more anxiety provoking dreams of their infant being in danger. In addition, more postpartum women experienced motor activity, expressing emotion, and speaking out in their sleep. This speaks to the acute sleep deprivation and shifts in emotions that new parents experience.⠀⠀


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