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Pregnancy + Nightmares

This pregnancy has been fun. It is officially the only pregnancy during which I experienced any of the notorious (non food related) strange pregnancy symptoms. It actually seems that I didn’t dodge them the first two times at all, I was just bottling them all up to ransack my brain and body with baby #3.

I have all of the obvious complaints; I pee 200 times a day, almost all foods result in esophageal burns via heartburn, and those damn Olympics videos make me bawl. You know the ones I’m talking about, the ones the olympians make for their moms. I’m always pregnant during election/summer olympic years. Those commercials get me every time.

Pregnancy and Nightmares

But worst of all, I have chronic nightmares. It’s basically like reverting back to being a five year old. They’re almost always about my poor husband, who takes it all in stride and let’s me yell at him for things that he didn’t do in real life when I wake up. I suppose it could be worse, I don’t have terrifying dreams about the health of the baby or labor (which I read is most common) so that’s a relief.

Pregnancy and Nightmares

Apparently, it is extremely common for pregnant women to have vivid dreams and nightmares. Hormones and stress and all that science-y nonsense. It never bothered me before. And until pregnancy #3 actually occurred I might have considered myself something of an expert when it came to my own body and pregnancy. Now I can’t help but laugh for thinking such a thing… Know my own body?! The one that I have lived inside for 26 years?! What a joke. 😉

My doctor has chalked it up to… wait for it… my age. As if I wasn’t already terrified of the aging process, it’s been extra fun to witness it in such potent measure. Being pregnant between 19-22 is a breeze, people. Apparently 4 years is a long time in uterus years. eye roll. As a very young pregnant woman I used to almost scoff at the common pregnancy complaints that I heard. Karma has come for me my friends, by attacking my very favorite thing…my sleep.

It’s kind of starting to spill over into insomnia, and then being really tired or emotional during the day. I’m usually the type of girl who is quick to make a sassy remark or feisty comment…now I’m just quick to cry. I don’t know if that’s the pregnancy or the exhaustion, because I always cry when I’m overtired (pregnant or not.) Either way…I have nightmares and they’re making me weepy. haha.

Pregnancy and Nightmares

Honestly, I stay up until 3 or 4 am each day waiting for my husband to get home from work. #nightshiftstruggle Sometimes, he brings me a McFlurry. 😉 At least this baby is letting me consume coffee now, so maybe it’s all fair? No, no I don’t think so. Sometimes I make one of my kids sleep with me. They don’t seem to mind. They also sleep later in the morning when they sleep in my bed…I don’t know why.

Ah well, such is life and we’re coming up on just about 100 days left! I should really probably start preparing sometime soon. 😉

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  • Nightmares are no fun! I don’t remember having that as a symptom. Hopefully that comes to an end for you soon!

    • It was never a symptom for me either until #3! Each pregnancy is different, they say!

  • Nightmares are no fun! I don’t remember having that as a symptom. Hopefully that comes to an end for you soon!

    • It was never a symptom for me either until #3! Each pregnancy is different, they say!

  • linda spiker

    I can
    t remember if I had nightmares while pregnant. I do remember having a recurring dream that my teeth were crumbling and falling out of my mouth!

    • oh my! I feel like I’ve heard that is actually a common dream to have.

  • linda spiker

    I can
    t remember if I had nightmares while pregnant. I do remember having a recurring dream that my teeth were crumbling and falling out of my mouth!

    • oh my! I feel like I’ve heard that is actually a common dream to have.

  • Emily Kib

    I’ve never been pregnant but I can imagine how difficult it must be to not be getting a good nights sleep on top of everything else you’re having to deal with! Hope you get some good rest soon!

  • Emily Kib

    I’ve never been pregnant but I can imagine how difficult it must be to not be getting a good nights sleep on top of everything else you’re having to deal with! Hope you get some good rest soon!

    • haha, thanks Emily! In the past I had never had this problem, this new baby is just a trouble maker. 😉

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    I know that struggle very well. Horrible nightmares that wake you up in a panic and/or sweat and you are exhausted so all you want to do is go back to sleep but the moment you close your eyes the nightmare begins again. 🙁 I do a couple of things to try and help when the nightmare comes: pray (A LOT), read (but most of the time it makes me even more tired), and after those two things I turn on Friends. haha believe it or not it helps distract me and get my mental state in a place as far from my nightmare as possible. I truly hope the nightmares let up and you are able to enjoy peaceful sleep!

    • Aw, wow. Thanks for the tips! Its certainly not a problem that Ive ever had as an adult until now, so its been really strange. Glad to know I’m not alone!

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    I know that struggle very well. Horrible nightmares that wake you up in a panic and/or sweat and you are exhausted so all you want to do is go back to sleep but the moment you close your eyes the nightmare begins again. 🙁 I do a couple of things to try and help when the nightmare comes: pray (A LOT), read (but most of the time it makes me even more tired), and after those two things I turn on Friends. haha believe it or not it helps distract me and get my mental state in a place as far from my nightmare as possible. I truly hope the nightmares let up and you are able to enjoy peaceful sleep!

    • Aw, wow. Thanks for the tips! Its certainly not a problem that Ive ever had as an adult until now, so its been really strange. Glad to know I’m not alone!

  • Amy Ledyard

    I had some crrrraaazzzzyyyy dreams with my first, but this one is giving me a break….so far. I still have about 10 weeks left, so tonight I’ll probably have the worst dream ever. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

    • haha. I hope you dodged that dream last night? 10 weeks to go?! Youll beat me! Im not due until November. Congrats! What are you having?

      • Amy Ledyard

        Not so much. I dreamed i was fighting a fire (no idea) in my parents’ flower garden. Very weird. And yes! I’m due early October, but we’re waiting to be surprised. Congrats to you, too! Exciting times. ?

  • Amy Ledyard

    I had some crrrraaazzzzyyyy dreams with my first, but this one is giving me a break….so far. I still have about 10 weeks left, so tonight I’ll probably have the worst dream ever. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

    • haha. I hope you dodged that dream last night? 10 weeks to go?! Youll beat me! Im not due until November. Congrats! What are you having?

      • Amy Ledyard

        Not so much. I dreamed i was fighting a fire (no idea) in my parents’ flower garden. Very weird. And yes! I’m due early October, but we’re waiting to be surprised. Congrats to you, too! Exciting times. ?

  • That doesn’t sound fun at all! I deal with some crazy dreams/nightmares, I can’t imagine how much more intense they’d be pregnant! Hopefully they get better soon!

    • I don’t usually have a problem with them at all, so its been real weird! Im sorry that you deal with it on a regular basis, its stressful! Thank you!

  • That doesn’t sound fun at all! I deal with some crazy dreams/nightmares, I can’t imagine how much more intense they’d be pregnant! Hopefully they get better soon!

    • I don’t usually have a problem with them at all, so its been real weird! Im sorry that you deal with it on a regular basis, its stressful! Thank you!

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    I love that you get McFlurries to help- YUM. Sorry about the nightmares. I cry about the Olympic commercials too haha!

    • haha, the mcflurries definitely help! 😉 And those dang commercials…they have to make most people cry.

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    I love that you get McFlurries to help- YUM. Sorry about the nightmares. I cry about the Olympic commercials too haha!

    • haha, the mcflurries definitely help! 😉 And those dang commercials…they have to make most people cry.

  • Awe. I hope the rest of the pregnancy goes by fast and with less nightmares. I don’t remember having very many dreams during my pregnancies, but I was super sick with both of them…and the peeing, of course.

    • Thanks Shann. I didn’t have this problem with either of my other pregnancies. Most of my symptoms have been bottling themselves up for #3, hopefully its no indication of how my delivery will be. haha!

  • Awe. I hope the rest of the pregnancy goes by fast and with less nightmares. I don’t remember having very many dreams during my pregnancies, but I was super sick with both of them…and the peeing, of course.

    • Thanks Shann. I didn’t have this problem with either of my other pregnancies. Most of my symptoms have been bottling themselves up for #3, hopefully its no indication of how my delivery will be. haha!

  • Justine Y

    I get the weirdest dreams when I’m pregnant too, it’s so bizarre to me! And yes, it’s amazing how much “harder” my last pregnancy (at age 29) was compared to my first at age 24! You wouldn’t think 5 years would make that big of a difference but apparently…

    • Oh good, Im not the only one! Its SO weird how big of a difference age makes, right?! And my dreams/nightmares are so vivid and I remember them so well when I wake, also super weird.

  • Justine Y

    I get the weirdest dreams when I’m pregnant too, it’s so bizarre to me! And yes, it’s amazing how much “harder” my last pregnancy (at age 29) was compared to my first at age 24! You wouldn’t think 5 years would make that big of a difference but apparently…

    • Oh good, Im not the only one! Its SO weird how big of a difference age makes, right?! And my dreams/nightmares are so vivid and I remember them so well when I wake, also super weird.

  • YES I had the weirdest, most vivid, dreams with both pregnancies!

  • YES I had the weirdest, most vivid, dreams with both pregnancies!

  • Lindsay Katherine

    How far along are you?? I’m 15 weeks, and before pregnancy, I had a strange sleep disorder prior to pregnancy, but it’s definitely heightened with this pregnancy!

  • Lindsay Katherine

    How far along are you?? I’m 15 weeks, and before pregnancy, I had a strange sleep disorder prior to pregnancy, but it’s definitely heightened with this pregnancy!

  • Ugh, hope you’re able to start getting better rest soon. Nightmares are the worst and especially when you’re pregnant and emotional. Mcflurries do help, though-haha 😉

  • Ugh, hope you’re able to start getting better rest soon. Nightmares are the worst and especially when you’re pregnant and emotional. Mcflurries do help, though-haha 😉

  • I remember my dreams during pregnancy being so vivid!

    • yep! Definitely how it’s going for me this time as well!

  • I remember my dreams during pregnancy being so vivid!

    • yep! Definitely how it’s going for me this time as well!

  • I had SUCH weird dreams while pregnant too! Here’s to hoping they calm down for you soon! <3

    • I’m so relived to see that it’s so common! I was lucky the first two times i guess! Thank you, Susannah.

  • I had SUCH weird dreams while pregnant too! Here’s to hoping they calm down for you soon! <3

    • I’m so relived to see that it’s so common! I was lucky the first two times i guess! Thank you, Susannah.

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