Causes of nightmares in pregnant women and how to get rid of them

Sleep is a necessary process of resting the whole organism, renewing cells. Only the brain does not rest, it continues to process the information received during the day, using such its secret “storerooms” and “storage”, which we do not even suspect. At such moments of “REM sleep” we see dreams.  

Why do pregnant women have bad dreams and what to do about it?

According to experts, this phenomenon is understandable and normal. The entire body of a woman is rebuilt, tuned in to a serious function – to safely bear and give birth to a healthy child. The psyche of a woman is also being rebuilt. What her thoughts and feelings are focused on during pregnancy during the day is held back, suppressed, but does not disappear without a trace. All this is processed by the brain in night dreams, often resulting in nightmares. 

What Causes Pregnant Nightmares?

The reason is fears and excessive worries about pregnancy and the upcoming birth. This is especially true for those who have their first pregnancy. 

Today’s stream of information streaming from TV screens and computer monitors regarding pregnancy and childbirth is enormous. In addition, the expectant mother has a lot of advice on every little thing. An overabundance of information and an attempt by the brain to organize it at night leads to nightmares.

Many mothers are afraid to do something wrong, therefore they are in constant tension, which generates negativity, which turns into a bad dream at night. 

The stress associated with the need to visit the clinic often, to be examined, to be tested can also depress the psyche, especially in primiparous women. 

Almost all expectant mothers are worried about how the birth will go and whether they will be able to properly care for the baby, be a good mother.

How to stop dreaming nightmares

Trust the truthful information about the course of your pregnancy and future childbirth, which can be provided to you by your family doctor or gynecologist who monitors you from the beginning of pregnancy. Even if you are alarmed by his predictions, look for another specialist – doctors – gynecologists and neonatologists are inclined to reinsure and may exaggerate the dangers. Listen to yourself, your body. 

Learn to relax. This will be useful not only for getting rid of bad dreams, but also for the general condition of the body as a whole, as well as for the well-being of your child.

Try to set aside time to do what you enjoy doing.

Engage in moderate exercise. If you have no contraindications, you can choose swimming or walking for yourself – the best exercises for pregnant women.

Eat a healthy, balanced menu as much as possible. Have dinner with low-calorie food no later than 2-3 hours before bedtime.

It is important to learn to put aside bad thoughts. Learn positive thinking, optimism. It’s not easy, but try it! There are no unsolvable problems, and instead of dwelling on the negative, try to quickly solve problems and move on. 

You may not see the cause of bad dreams in your condition. See a doctor. Sometimes disturbing dreams are triggered by taking certain medications.

If you are unable to overcome negative thinking on your own, you may need professional help. After all, unpleasant dreams in pregnant women are a surmountable problem.

A restful, pleasant sleep is a necessary condition for your good health and the health of your unborn child.

So, to forget about nightmares, you must:

Learn to relax

Learn to think positively

Eat a balanced and healthy diet

Take into account only the advice and recommendations of a specialist you trust

Engage in moderate exercise unless contraindicated

Live in peace, think good. And pleasant dreams to you!  

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