Dreaming while pregnant: third trimester dreams
Third Trimester Pregnancy Dreams
In the third trimester, dreams become more frequent, more bizarre, more confusing and even more vivid. After all, you are getting up at night several times because you need to go to the bathroom, you need to shift to a different sleep position or the baby just kicked you awake. Dreams in the third trimester are often about growing anxieties with being a good mother and concerns with labor and birth.
Pregnant women report dreams of being cheated on with higher frequency. As your body changes and your belly expands, you may not feel as attractive or desirable. With a baby on the way, your entire life will change and you are worried that your significant other will not want to stick around. At the same time, you are depending on him more and more, whether it is making a food run to satisfy your late night craving, giving you a helping hand to get up from the sofa, or just doing chores around the house, making you feel even more vulnerable. These feelings of insecurity and vulnerability are manifested in dreams where your husband or boyfriend is having an affair. Remember that dreams of infidelity are often not a reflection of actual events. Your hormones may be to blame for some of these up and down emotions.
Dreams of Labor
As your due date nears, dreaming of labor is quite common. After all, your mind is probably preoccupied with when you will go into labor, how will it happen, will you get to the hospital in time, where will you be and what not? Usually these dreams depict something going wrong with labor, you can’t find your doctor, you have no way to get to the hospital, you go into labor early, putting the baby back into your uterus, etc. These dreams indicate your desire for control. Although such dreams can be somewhat unsettling, it actually prepares you for the real thing when the time comes.
Something Happens To The Baby
Typical dreams include not being able to answer the baby’s cries, forgetting where you put the baby, misplacing the baby, dropping the baby, etc. You are questioning your ability as a mother and if you will be a good mother. Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed and fear you are unable to meet the demands of the baby. Once again these dreams are not a true reflection of how you will be as a parent, but rather your mind’s way of working through some of your fears and anxieties. Such dreams are also an indication that your motherly instinct is already kicking in and your desires to protect her or him.
Large Animals And Objects
While small, fuzzy baby animals were the theme during the first trimester, larger animals are more dominate in the third trimester. Dreams of whales, elephants, dinosaur, as well as towering buildings, factories, skyscrapers, buses and trucks may reflect your growing belly and how you are moving about. In the third trimester, the animals may even talk in your dream which signifies the growth of the baby.
Being Attacked Or Chased
Dreams of being attacked can be very unsettling. Many pregnant women report dreams of being attacked or chased by zombies, aliens, vampires, ghosts, demons, gun men, serial killers, wild animals or some other menacing figure. Once again these dreams are a sign that your motherly instinct is acting up and how you will protect your baby from all harm. Your guard is up more than ever. As your due date nears, you may be feeling more stress. Your limited mobility may also make you feel vulnerable and helpless which may also be fueling these troublesome dreams.
In some scenarios, dreams of being attacked by animals may also be a warning that you need to take caution with someone around you. Take notice of who you know in your waking life that shares and exhibits the same qualities of the animal that attacked you in your dream.
Violent Water Symbols
While water is a common theme in your dreams throughout your pregnancy, it takes a dramatic turn in the third trimester. Dreams of oceans, drowning, tidal waves, and breaking waters are prevalent at this stage. In previous trimesters, the water was usually calm, tranquil, and contained, while the water is depicted as massive, active and violent in dreams during the third trimester. This may be because you are feeling overwhelmed or inundated. Or perhaps it is due to the fact that you are retaining water and swelling up. These water images also reflect your anticipation of your water breaking and the imminence of labor.
Dreams In The Other Trimesters