When you’re pregnant, there’s no shortage of new and unusual experiences: intense and odd cravings, unexpected body changes, strange brain warps, and overwhelming emotions among so much more. What you might not realize is that your sleep and dreams might change, too. Pregnant women claim to have very vivid and unique dreams that they all of a sudden remember, and some of the subject matter seems to be shared amongst a number of women. For instance, many women have pregnancy dreams about twins, but is it more than just an overactive imagination?
According to Babble, dreaming about twins does not necessarily mean you are pregnant with twins (though if you are pregnant with twins, that’s the likely explanation for dreaming about them). Actually, dreaming about twins can simply be the exploration of meeting your child who, in dream-speak, is pictured as your other half. Pretty awesome, right? Your pregnant mind, being consumed by the thoughts that surround pregnancy and impending motherhood, is uncovering layers of your emotions surrounding this huge life change in its truest subconscious state.
Whacky, seemingly strange dreams seem to be a common pregnancy occurrence, and though researchers don’t really know why this is, there’s a few theories as to what’s going on in your pregnant mind.
As noted by Parents, when you’re pregnant, your body goes through a number of intense hormonal changes. The intensity of your emotions (even when you’re sleeping) and your dreams could be a result of these fluctuating hormones.
But, the more reliable explanation has to do with how your sleep changes when you’re pregnant. Pregnant women tend to wake more throughout the night (because you’re physically uncomfortable or, probably, because you need to pee), and this results in a lot less deep sleep and a lot more REM sleep. REM sleep is where…