I remember having wild dreams whilst pregnant with Chayce but nothing that influenced me enough to write about it at 4am.
Following the loss of Chayce, I remember experiencing intense nightmares and re-living the tragedy again and again in my sleep causing me to wake up in a sweat almost every single night. I even remember sometimes re-living my nightmare in my sleep, through other people, like my bestfriend. Which scared me enough to ring her in the morning to see if everything was okay.
I always found the worst and most challenging part was waking up and realising it wasn’t just a dream or a nightmare, it’s my actual reality and there's no escaping it.
But this time around in my second pregnancy, the dreams that I have been experiencing are so wacky yet realistic that I could swear I can even smell or at least imagine the smell of the non existent environment that my dream is based in. But majority of the dreams make no sense and I wake up wondering why I would have dreamed about something so strange.
The part that impresses me if I'm being honest, is that for such a forgetful person, I can wake up and recall the entire dream almost start to finish (also whilst scratching my head wondering what the hell just happened).
If I had to explain these dreams in just 4 words, they would be; vivid, nonsensical, bizarre, yet convincing.
I’m talking dreams like;
Living a double life
Becoming Prime Minister
X-rated juicy dreams
Falling out of a plane without a parachute
Loosing all my teeth
I even stole a car once..
Just crazy shit that seem real in the moment, but obviously are not!
I’m not complaining though, because I’ve even also woken up with inspiration to write a whole piece on a subject I hadn’t even thought of whilst awake. Like this one.
I don’t know if these dreams are so wacky because this is my second baby or if it's because this is pregnancy after loss, or if it’s just the pregnancy fatigue kicking in.
Regardless it sparked my curiosity enough to do a little bit of research on this topic because I don’t feel this is talked about very often or that you are given any kind of warning on what to expect.
I do know that dreams occur in our REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep, which is our deepest stage of sleep. But why does this occur you ask?!
My research tells me;
It could be because of hormonal changes.
One theory I found is that dreams are just one way your subconscious mind works through to process the upcoming changes in your life.
Dreams can also be an outlet for the many conflicting emotions you may be experiencing - Like a form of therapy.
From what I can gather the bottom line is, as long as it’s not causing you any distress, pregnancy dreams are a real thing, they are completely normal and super common!
Tell me about your weird, wacky pregnancy dreams....
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