For me, dreaming during pregnancy was like riding a nocturnal rollercoaster. The pace was fast, the colors vivid, and sometimes I dreaded falling asleep at night, because it gets exhausting to be constantly visiting the Land of Oz. Intense, unforgettable dreams are a popular conversation topic on the moms-to-be forums like What To Expect, where many women report pregnancy dreams about bleeding. If red is the primary color in your nocturnal fantasies, know that it’s a common symbol that you’re feeling drained, and possibly, a reflection of your anxieties and fears.
“Dreaming of blood during pregnancy is not typically something to worry about, even though it is the last thing we want to see in real life, especially during the first trimester,” explains Lauri Loewenberg, dream interpretation expert and author of the book Dream On It: Unlock Your Dreams, Change Your Life, in an email interview with Romper. “It is important to keep in mind that our dreams will often reflect what is going on with our bodies during pregnancy. Women produce almost 50 percent more blood while pregnant, so don’t be surprised when you see it in your dreams.”
In dreams, blood generally symbolizes energy flow, says Loewenberg, and when you see blood in a dream — yours, or someone else’s — it could signify that someone or something in your life is draining you of vital energy. In pregnancy, she notes, dreaming of blood probably indicates that you’re letting yourself become physically exhausted and rundown. Loewenberg suggests taking such a dream as a warning, and relaxing whenever and however you can. (For me, pregnancy naps are the key, even if you have to take them in your car.) Remember, your baby needs you to stay healthy and happy in order to grow.
In the early weeks of pregnancy, a dream…