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Pregnancy Dreams: An A-Z Guide

Mysterious, exceptionally realistic, and sometimes just plain wacky dreams are a common occurrence during pregnancy. In days of old, many midwives believed that what you dreamt during pregnancy gave valuable insight into you and your baby’s health and well being.

Are you curious about your pregnancy dreams? Keep a journal stashed by your bed and jot down notes each morning, then use our handy A-Z guide to decipher what your baby might be trying to tell you!

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Acorns: “From little acorns big oak trees grow.” The acorn is a metaphor for pregnancy. (Also see Forests)

Animals: Animals in dreams remind us to trust our instincts. (Also see Attack, Bird, Cat, Dolphin, Snake, Whale, Zoos)

Airplanes: Airplanes symbolize travel, change, and a desire to be in a new and different place, either physically or emotionally. (Also see Attack, Cars, Flying, Journey)

Armor: A symbol of protection; a way to keep both mother and baby safe from outside elements. (Also see Attack, Castles)

Attack: Dreaming of being attacked has a fairly literal meaning. It could indicate fear or anxiety about some unknown part of your life. Perhaps you are feeling vulnerable, either at work or at home. Try to discern who your attacker is, as this will yield some powerful insight. (Also see Airplanes, Animals, Bird, Armor, Knife, Monster)

Babies: Expectant parents and parents of young children often dream of babies. These dreams take many forms, from babies who are born deformed or become lost, to dreams of abandonment and death. These dreams are not premonitions; rather they are simply a parent’s way of dealing with the anxiety and responsibility inherent in parenting. (See also Birth, Boy, Family, Girl, Miscarriage, Pregnancy, Twins)

Bank: Dreams of financial institutions likely reflect an anxiety about finances.

Bath: This represents the womb and may be symbolic of your need to nurture yourself. (Also see Water)

Bed: Sometimes dreams are direct messages. If you find yourself dreaming of beds, it may be that you need to get more rest in preparation for the big event.

Bees: While pregnant, you may feel a bit like the queen bee, happy to get all the attention but exhausted from being the one in charge. (Also see Flowers)

Bird: Seeing a bird in your dreams can equate to freedom and success. You may have a sense after having a bird dream of feeling like you’ve risen above something, for example a pregnancy-related anxiety or some negative feelings about impending birth and motherhood (or something negative in your own past). (Also see Animals, Attack, Egg, Fleeing, Flying, Forest, Nest, Zoos)

Birth: This is a common dream as a pregnant woman approaches her due date. Such dreams act as a “trial run” and help prepare the mother for the big event. (Also see Babies, Boy, Family, Girl, Miscarriage, Pregnancy, Twins)

Boy: If you dream of a little boy or giving birth to a boy it could be a premonition. But it may also symbolize your maternal power developing and an increase of power in your family. (Also see Birth, Girl, Pregnancy)

Boyfriends/Girlfriends: There’s nothing like pregnancy to bring ex-lovers back into your dreams! Don’t worry; this is simply your mind’s way of clearing them from your life once and for all. (Also see Infidelity, Marriage, Past, Sex)

Bridge: This is a classic symbol of transition. Water is often involved as well. The key to the meaning of the dream is whether or not you were able to cross the bridge. (Also see Journey, Oceans, Lakes, and Rivers, Water)

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Calendar Date: This is one of the few dreams that could be prophetic, especially if you are closing in on your due date. (Also see Clocks, Past)

Candle: A candle is a symbol of spirituality—the “light” of the child inside of you. (Also see Fire)

Cars: Such dreams are related to the level of control you have in your life. The physical condition of the car, as well as your location in the car (for example: Are you the one driving, or are you a passenger?) are reflections of how in control you are feeling. (Also see Airplanes, Bridge, Journey, Traffic)

Castles: A castle could indicate a feeling of victory, an expression of joy at being pregnant. The thick walls, moat and drawbridge, and fortress-like aspect of the structure also suggest a feeling of protection or wanting to keep the baby safe and secure. (Also see Armor, Bridge, Home, Houses, Stairs)

Cat: Pregnant women often dream of giving birth to cats, possibly because a cat is about the same size as a baby. The cat is a feminine symbol. (Also see Animals, Zoos)

Caves: A cave symbolizes a haven and a retreat, and is a very powerful symbol of Mother Nature and the womb. (Also see Forest, Monster, Snake)

Circle: A powerful symbol that indicates completion of a journey or a feeling of completion. (Also see Earth, Egg, Ring)

Clocks: Time becomes a common theme as a woman gets closer to her due date. (Also see Calendar, Date, Past)

Coffins, and other symbols of death, are not premonitions. Rather, they are symbols of change and moving on in a career or in a relationship.

Cooking: This is another metaphor for the process of pregnancy. (Also see Eating, Egg, Fire, Fruit, Harvest, Kitchen, Knife, Milk)

Dolphin: The dolphin is tied to feminine sexuality. Take note of how connected you feel to the dolphin in your dream. (Also see Animals, Oceans, Lakes, and Rivers, Water, Whale, Zoos)

Ear: The shape of the ear closely resembles a fetus. The ear may be a metaphor for your baby.

Earth: A very common grounding theme, indicating a oneness with nature. (Also see Airplanes, Circle, Flying, Home, Island, Oceans, Lakes, and Rivers, Water)

Eating: Dreaming of a particular food may be your mind’s way of alerting you to a deficiency in your diet. If you dream of oranges you might need to eat more vitamin C, for example. Similarly, dreams of blood and meat may indicate a need for more iron. Eating can also be symbolic of a woman’s state of mind about her pregnancy. If she is picking at her food, barely partaking, she may be ambivalent about motherhood. In contrast, if she is sitting down and eating a meal with gusto, this indicates she is fully prepared to embrace her role. (Also see Egg, Fruit, Harvest, Kitchen, Knife, Milk)

Egg: This is a classic symbol that often appears in dreams in the early stages of pregnancy—sometimes this is a woman’s first indication that she is pregnant! (Also see Bird, Eating, Circle, Cooking)

Elevator: Dreams of elevators often indicate movement or transition in our lives. (Also see Falling, Opening, Stairs)

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