If your dreams have become particularly offbeat since you found out you were pregnant, know you’re not the only one. Many pregnancy dreams are as weird as yours, and there’s a reason for it.
Back in the 1970s, psychologist Alan Siegel held dream workshops with pregnant women. After sharing the markedly perplexing content of their nighttime imaginations, these women wondered aloud, “Will I be a good mother? Will the baby be OK?” According to Siegel, this kind of progression — from describing dreams to analyzing real-life emotions — is crucial during those life-altering nine months.
“The dreams were sort of this ideal stimulus for talking about the underlying feelings that went with pregnancy,” Siegel, who has been researching the dreams of expectant moms ever since, told The Huffington Post.
All of those bizarre dreams women report having while pregnant can be a way for them to come to terms with their new role as a parent. It’s all part of a “mental remodeling process,” said Tore Nielsen, director of the Dream and Nightmare Laboratory at the Hopital du Sacré-Coeur de Montreal, in Canada.
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