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Pregnancy Dreams Are Real — and Sometimes Very Strange

Mom.com Logo By Laura Lambert of Mom.com | Slide 1 of 8: I slept fine for most of my two pregnancies — not too many 3 a.m. runs to the bathroom, and I was mostly comfortable with the help of an extra pillow or two. But boy, my dreams were vivid. I had sex dreams, animal dreams, near-nightmares, and a whole host of the kind of run-of-the-mill nonsensical dreams that have you waking up, thinking, "What was that all about?"  One, in particular, has stuck with me all these years. I was wading in a gently flowing river, holding an infant in my arms, as if showing my baby how to float. People were on the shore nearby. It felt almost biblical (mind you, I am in no way religious). And then, as if a record scratched somewhere on the soundtrack, the baby peed right in my face. Back then, I took it as a sign that I was definitely having a boy — which would be proven wrong a few short months later when I gave birth. It still makes me laugh, though. And it was a great lesson to not take these wacky messages from the recesses of your mind all that seriously. Ask any pregnant woman what she’s been dreaming about, and she’ll say something similar. Pregnancy makes your brain do funny things.

I slept fine for most of my two pregnancies — not too many 3 a.m. runs to the bathroom, and I was mostly comfortable with the help of an extra pillow or two. But boy, my dreams were vivid. I had sex dreams, animal dreams, near-nightmares, and a whole host of the kind of run-of-the-mill nonsensical dreams that have you waking up, thinking, "What was that all about?"

One, in particular, has stuck with me all these years. I was wading in a gently flowing river, holding an infant in my arms, as if showing my baby how to float. People were on the shore nearby. It felt almost biblical (mind you, I am in no way religious). And then, as if a record scratched somewhere on the soundtrack, the baby peed right in my face.

Back then, I took it as a sign that I was definitely having a boy — which would be proven wrong a few short months later when I gave birth. It still makes me laugh, though. And it was a great lesson to not take these wacky messages from the recesses of your mind all that seriously.

Ask any pregnant woman what she’s been dreaming about, and she’ll say something similar. Pregnancy makes your brain do funny things.

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