The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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Many women experience vivid dreams during pregnancy, and no wonder—they're dealing with huge changes in their physical, emotional and spiritual selves, says Raina Manuel-Paris, Ph.D., author of The Mother-to-Be's Dream Book (Warner Books). Here are some common themes by trimester:
First Trimester: Women tend to dream about their past: childhood experiences, ex-boyfriends and parents. These dreams are a subconscious way of coming to terms with their new identity and letting go of the old.
Second Trimester: Anxiety dreams abound, especially for first-time moms who may be insecure about their ability to mother. Women sometimes dream that their babies are animals; they're bonding with their child in an instinctual, primal way.
Third Trimester: Late-pregnancy moms often dream of delving into water, which symbolizes going deep within yourself to prepare for birth. Anxiety-related labor dreams may contain off-the-wall birth scenarios.