Pregnancy is the most important and special period in women’s lives. Bad dreams or nightmares during this period are the most common condition of expectant mothers. In addition to the miracle of revealing a life that God has given only to women, it is a complex event that will change the woman’s life in its entirety. Pregnancy is like a process of making a mother’s name in the body, and the body of the expectant mother who will give birth to a baby is like a separate universe where severe hormonal storms occur.
While all this is going on, it is widely known how distressed mothers and how violent their emotions are. Conditions such as nausea, vomiting, excessive appetite or anorexia, pain and fear of childbirth during this period are very important, but there is another problem that is not very well known; Having a bad dream in pregnancy, i.e. pregnancy nightmares…
Dreams during pregnancy carry an important function, perhaps at this time of life that can only be lived once. Although these dreams are defined by many biologically-approaching experts as spiritual changes due to the increase in pregnancy hormones, it should be noted that pregnant women are not an incubator but a person who has the hope of the life they will bring to the world. Pregnant mothers often think of these dreams as messages sent to them about the future of themselves and their children, and/or so. In fact, dreams, as it is known, do not inform the future, but past negative lives, unresolved casual conflicts, some fantasies and the concerns created by them ensure safe resolution. In this sense, they serve mental health in a positive sense.
During this period, especially dreams with concerns about the safety and care of the baby are seen. These dreams are mainly due to the concerns that the mother carries about the responsibility of the baby due to her inexperience in her first pregnancy experience. The mother often suffers from dreams that she can’t take care of the baby, that she’s forgotten, that she’s lost, that the baby is given to someone else, and that she’s like that. These dreams are more frequent and severe in adverse environmental conditions, the risk of divorce, initially unwanted or hesitant pregnancies. In these cases, the common dreams are the product of efforts to resolve the mother’s subconscious conflicts.
What Nightmares Do Mothers Have?
With the formation of pregnancy, expectant mothers seek answers to many questions they want to worry, curiosity and learn, go to doctor’s checks all the time and constantly grapple with conscious or unconscious concerns during the day. As a result of all this and the intense hormone pressure sepresses they are experiencing, they start having nightmares at night. In these nightmares;
1- What they do low,
2- You can’t find and find your baby somewhere,
3- Their babies have become strange and ugly beings,
4- After experiencing pregnancy difficulties, they never actually had babies,
5- They can see that their babies do not live during or after birth.
No comment should be made to the expectant mother in any way regarding such nightmares, it should be understood that this process is only a pregnancies special condition. Estrogen and progesterone hormones increase at a tremendous level in mothers during pregnancy nightmares, resulting in disorders in their sleep quality and order. In addition, long-term sleep is thought to trigger nightmares.
Research has shown that expectant mothers wake up constantly at night because of nightmares, and therefore they think they dream constantly and often. After the first three months of pregnancy, there are significant physical changes in the bodies of women. Pregnant women who start to gain weight quickly and need to go to the toilet all the time begin to experience stomach problems because of the weight the baby imposes on him. These conditions, which occur mostly during sleep time, are stimulants that adversely affect the woman’s sleep and disrupt the continuity of sleep, causing her dream to be interrupted.
To exemplify this; Fall down from a high place in the dream, hear or see very violent explosions. That’s when you wake up, there’s a noise, someone dropped something on the ground or there’s some loud talk. Such stimuli are perceived as dreams or nightmares in stantly when they are during sleep. The brain also has trouble detecting and identifying this condition, so it’s sending out these sounds and images without waiting. So he wakes up with a nightmare. That’s exactly what nightmares are in pregnancy.
Can Pregnancy Nightmares Be Prevented?
Although nightmares during pregnancy are thought to be related to hormones, it is also a fact that all people have nightmares from time to time. Although nightmares about pregnancy are seen, the sleep patterns and quality of nightmares have a close relationship with the mother-of-one’s psychology, due to concerns about her baby, the environment and family environment.
Many pregnant women don’t realize they’re having depression. Although pregnant women are thought to have had some emotional and physical changes, they actually undergo many hormonal, physical and psychological changes. Therefore, it undereslesthemes of the whole pregnancy period. The different problems and problems experienced by pregnant women also affect those around them significantly. At first glance, all change is thought to be physical, but the real change is psychological. The pregnant woman stresss herself and has serious concerns, thinking that her husband will no longer like her, that she can’t be a good mother to her baby, that she’s gaining weight and getting ugly. According to this; In cases such as reluctance, fatigue, sadness and unhappiness in the expectant mothers, constant crying, resentment, apathy, lack of attention and clutter, pessimism and despair, irritability and anger should be considered.
In a woman who had depression problems in her life before pregnancy, pregnancy can also trigger this problem again. Tension due to many unknown and hormonal changes during pregnancy may inflame depression in the expectant mother. It is useful to get support in no time to prevent this. Although it is normal to have nightmares and worries during pregnancy, it is important to remember that this is limited to the pregnancy period.
There are also things to follow and do to deal with this situation. The most important responsibility here falls to the family elders and relatives of the expectant mothers. For example, if you want to The mother-of-one had a nightmare and told you. This nightmare should not be commented on, the expectant mother should not be further concerned. Because it’s a nightmare, and it’s completely wrong to interpret it as a normal dream.
Airing the room before bedtime at night, consuming relaxing tea or mixtures recommended by the doctor, exercising very lightly will make it easier for the expectant to go to sleep and improve the quality of sleep. Short sleep during the day and sleeping early at night, taking a warm shower in the evening, and organizing the bed in a way that the mother-to-be will be comfortable will help prevent bad dreams.