Pregnancy Dreams Interpreted: What Do Dreams of Pregnancy Mean?
Pregnancy Dreams Interpreted
Pregnancy is an idea that dreams can run with to tell stories using analogy and comparison. So while most pregnancy dream interpretations focus on the symbolism and metaphors, the first rule of the Dreams 1-2-3 method is: consider the obvious. If you are female, dream about being pregnant or having a baby and recently had sexual intercourse, you should find out if you are actually pregnant.
Most of the time, though, a dream of being pregnant has nothing to do with reproduction, and if it is related it is more likely to be about side issues like ability to conceive, feelings about being a parent, finding a partner, or adjustments that need to be made to health, lifestyle, attitudes, etc. Men dream of being pregnant and giving birth, and those dreams are obviously not about pregnancy in the literal sense. So what does it mean for a man to dream he is pregnant? There are several possibilities I have encountered as a dream interpreter, and they all apply to women, too, whether or not they are able to conceive a child:
- The dreamer is “pregnant” with an idea, thought or feeling.
- The dreamer is “giving birth” to something new.
- Something is “gestating” inside the person.
Pregnancy is used in many metaphors. People are said to be “pregnant” with ideas or thoughts or feelings. Feelings “grow” within a person, and relationships grow, too. Dreams use these ideas to make metaphors or images that tell a story related to the dreamer. After ruling out actual pregnancy as an option, I look for metaphors when interpreting dreams about being pregnant, and have a great example to illustrate how dreams can use the idea of “giving birth.” The dreamer is a college-age male:
I dream that I am pregnant and in the hospital giving birth. The doctor is a friend, a guy, and the baby is actually his. He is the father.
I used this dream in my book Dreams 1-2-3 because it is an awesome metaphor. The meaning is gleaned from the presence of the doctor and the dreamer’s relationship with that person in waking life. I asked the dreamer about the personal characteristics of the friend in the dream, and he described the guy as hard-working and successful. The dreamer, in fact, had aspirations to be more successful, and looked to his friend as an example.
So what does the baby symbolize? New qualities in the dreamer. His friend is the father of the baby because he planted the seed for the dreamer to become more hard-working and successful, a seed that grew. The influence isn’t necessarily direct; the friend appears to be someone that the dreamer modeled himself after from afar.
Stretch the idea of giving birth further and you can interpret a dream of giving birth to a kitten, which symbolizes new, “kitten-like” qualities emerging in the dreamer.
Also included under the umbrella of “giving birth” is creativity. Writing my first book is an example. First, the story idea was “conceived.” Then it “gestated” as I researched and worked through the plot. It further developed as I wrote the book. To “give birth” to it I edited and published it.
Compare that process to any creative endeavor. First an idea comes to mind, it grows, it matures, and after reaching a certain point it is finished, birthed. Creativity can be compared to the process of gestation because creative ideas sometimes slowly develop within a person. Long before I wrote my novel about the Second Coming of Antiochus Epiphanes, the idea of a Second Coming fascinated me. I ended up working years worth of related thought and knowledge into the book. You could say that the story idea gestated from topics I am naturally attracted to.
But what if you dream you are pregnant and it really means you are pregnant? More pregnancy dreams interpreted:
Having covered some of the symbolic uses of pregnancy in dreams, we return to literal examples. After all, pregnancy and reproduction are major areas of life, certain to be subjects of your dreams. Dreams don’t often just come right out and say, “You’re pregnant, kiddo.” They give nonverbal clues, like a game of charades.
A clue dreams are known to give about pregnancy is given through comparison to a tree or other growth of nature. Not only is the growth of a tree comparable to having a baby, but families are organized as “trees.” If you dream about planting a tree or a seed, you might be dreaming about becoming pregnant or starting a family. The analogy extends to plants, vines, flowers and gardens, though there are other interpretations for each. Don’t jump to conclusions. Just because a symbol is present in a dream doesn’t mean it represents one thing or another. Something like planting a seed in a dream can be related to other uses of the analogy, such as planting the seed for a future event, or an idea that is planted in the mind. The symbol is interpreted in the context of the dream.
Another clue about pregnancy that dreams are known to give uses animals like young offspring to make comparisons. In these dreams the mother and father will sometimes be in a setting together and run across a kitten, puppy, or something along those lines. Again, though, a young animal can represent innocence or immaturity instead of pregnancy.
Women have been known to dream of water when they are pregnant because water is associated with pregnancy – a woman “breaks her water” when she is ready to give birth, and a baby developing in the womb is surrounded by opaque embryonic fluid. Water is also associated with emotion, and pregnancy can be a very emotional experience.
Because fish live in water, and human and fish embryos are almost identical, pregnant women sometimes dream of fish.
Pregnant women also dream of worms, snakes and other creatures that burrow. It’s a dramatic and symbolic way of describing a bodily process. The comparison is made because a fertilized egg literally burrows into the uterine lining.
Buildings, especially buildings under construction, pop up frequently in the dreams of pregnant women. Buildings under construction can relate to areas of life that are also “under construction,” and in dreams related to pregnancy the building might be a maternity ward, day care center, or baby room.
Driving can be a metaphor for “going somewhere in life,” and a child seat in the back can symbolize moving forward with a child under one’s care.
Another sign of pregnancy is the frequency and intensity of dreams, both of which spike because of hormonal changes in pregnant women.
Of course, dreams can be direct, too. Some women report being told by a dream character that they are pregnant. The character can be a mom or someone else the dreamer knows who has been pregnant and/or had children. Or the character can be a physician, particularly an obstetrician. And don’t forget the father: he can appear in dreams to announce the good news, or he can actually have dreams about his partner being pregnant.
I’ve read reports of women dreaming they took a positive pregnancy test, and soon after found out they were really pregnant. They also report shopping for baby clothes, or related activities, with their moms. The presence of a mom in a dream that includes other clues related to pregnancy can be an indication it’s real and not a metaphor, because one’s own mother is the strongest association most people have with motherhood. Relatives and friends who have children also appear in these sorts of dreams. Then again, dreams like these can be related to thoughts or feelings about pregnancy, not to actually being pregnant.
The most direct dreams about pregnancy involve giving birth or seeing the child already born. Straight up. No symbolism. No oblique references. Here are quotes from women who discovered through their dreams that they were pregnant, or about to be. Some are paraphrased for readability:
- “I had a lot of dreams about the sex of the baby and they were right.”
- “I dreamed I had a son, then two weeks later found out I was pregnant.”
- “I had a dream I had a girl, and three days later was the first day of my missed period.” (The dreamer was pregnant and delivered a baby girl.)
- “The night I got pregnant I had a dream I was pregnant and had to tell my mom, my cousin, and my boyfriend (the father).”
- “Before I found out I was preggo, I started dreaming every night of being preggo or giving birth.”
- “I found out about both of my pregnancies through dreams. My first (pregnancy), I was eight weeks along and not paying attention to my body or cycles because they were so irregular to begin with. That time I had a dream about a sonogram with a baby on the screen. Then with my current pregnancy I had a dream with a positive home pregnancy test.”
- “I had a dream I was pregnant with triplets. Sure enough, a few months later I was pregnant with triplets. They’re five months old now. Crazy stuff!”
Some accounts I have read appear to be related to preparing for pregnancy. Think of it as a simulation. In the dream you believe you (or your partner or someone you know) really are pregnant. Your reaction can illustrate how you really feel. The dreams themselves can speak to preparations that need to be made with diet or exercise, but also with finances, job situation, family life. Here is a dream that shows what I mean:
I dream that I am pregnant and give birth to a baby. My first thought is I’m not going to be able to keep it because there is no chance I can get the time off of work. So I bundle the baby in a white carrier bag and leave it behind my workplace.
This dreamer’s fear was that the dream was telling her she was some kind of monster because she got rid of the baby. But the dream is an illustration of the fact she wants to have a baby but her work situation won’t allow it. Putting the baby in a carrier bag and stowing it away shows how she is saving motherhood for later in life, when she is in a better situation. To make it possible she has to find a work situation which will allow her the time off.
Dreams tell stories many different ways. While often symbolic in meaning, pregnancy dreams can also be literal. There are certain symbols – seeds, for example – that are known to appear in dreams indicating the dreamer is, or about to be, pregnant. However, every symbol has alternative interpretations. It’s wise to consider a literal interpretation first – if you or your partner really is pregnant, you want to know as soon as possible. Just be careful to avoid jumping to conclusions.
You can read more about my easy to follow system of dream work in my book. Available in print and for Kindle at Amazon. Just click on the cover image. Published by Hampton Roads. Available at other retailers than Amazon (hint hint).