The world of dreams is one of the areas of the human mind that have generated the most interest throughout history. When this theme is united with another as universal as pregnancy and motherhood, it is normal that a feeling of having questions to answer arise.
In particular, it is relatively common for many women to dream that they are pregnant without it. These experiences are capable of causing a state of understandable concern considering the emotional burden of pregnancy, so that the most common is to try to understand what that means.
What does it mean to dream that you are pregnant without being pregnant and why does this idea appear while you are sleeping? Let’s see it while we are shelling several concepts related to the functioning of dreams.
Dreams and their link to motherhood
First, let’s examine what dreams are and how they appear. Dreams can be understood as hallucinations, given that they are experiences that apparently reach us through our senses even though none of that is happening outside our body; everything happens from inside doors, in the operations of our brain.
The key question is: why do we dream? Currently, it is believed that dreams are the product of the process by which the nervous system is reconfigured while we sleep so that all the parts that compose it can rest and prepare to face a new day of energy expenditure during the day.
We dream more frequently when going through the REM phase, in which our degree of consciousness is relatively high but at the same time we are disconnected from the outside world.
On the other hand, dreams are usually referred to experiences that are familiar to us in some sense, and therefore pregnancy is an element whose appearance in them is not exactly uncommon.
The fact of being pregnant is relatively easy to be included in practically any history devised by the brain during the stages in which one dreams, and this experience can occur in a multitude of fictitious contexts: in a moment of calm at home, in a Danger situation in which you feel that you have to protect both your life and your baby’s, etc.
In any case, when you start to examine what it means to dream that you are pregnant, it has absolutely nothing to do with whether you are really pregnant or not.
The body has other much more direct ways of revealing that, and none of them depends on the world of the oneiric but it is embodied through the hormonal changes and their physical manifestations in the woman’s body. So if it’s something that worries you, do not worry: having been pregnant in one of your dreams does not mean that soon you will have the news that you are going to be a mother.
The relationship between dreams and pregnancy is purely psychological, and not a clear biological link between them of the style of the one between fertilization and the interruption of menstruation.
What does it mean to dream that I am pregnant without being pregnant?
Given the above, let’s move on to the main thing: what it means to be pregnant without it. As dreams shape ideas and ideas are basically something that we analyze looking for concepts and symbols in them, there is not a single solution for this enigma: there are several routes of interpretation of this kind of dreams.
However, in practice these possible interpretations are not infinite, and the most frequent psychological causes that explain why this experience has been lived are the following.
1. Concern about jumping into adult life
A pregnancy does not have to be seen only as the beginning of motherhood. It can also imply the true beginning of life as an adult.
Not surprisingly many times we define the meaning of the word “mature” to our ability to take responsibility, and pregnancy is one of the clearest expressions of this; We try to make room in our life for one more person who will depend on us.
Naturally, this implies radical changes in the lifestyle of women, and the foresight of this new way of living is capable of generating stress even years before the real transition from adolescence to adulthood occurs.
2. Desire to be a mother
This is possibly one of the meanings of dreaming that you are pregnant. Dreams are a kind of playground in which we are given room to fantasize, and therefore it is normal that we tend to want to imagine pleasant situations when that is allowed.
3. The concern for physical change
Growing involves physically changing, and pregnancy is one of the experiences with greater ability to change the body in a shorter period of time. Therefore, behind this kind of dreams linked to motherhood, there may be an interest (whether optimistic or pessimistic) for the change that time leaves in the woman’s body.
4. Dream that you are pregnant and do not want to be: social pressure
Another common meaning is that there is fear and anxiety about the social pressure that is exerted against many women to push them to be mothers regardless of their true motivations and desires.