The nine months of pregnancy are infamous for bringing with them some crazy dreams. During my own pregnancies, my dreams ranged from my husband having an affair to my newborn baby dying; that's some heavy stuff to deal with when you wake up in the morning, and more than once I did so to a pounding heart. While those subjects are pretty self-explanatory — it makes evolutionary sense that a pregnant woman would fear losing either her partner or her baby — there are other common themes that take a bit more decoding. Like, what do pregnancy dreams about water mean?
Lauri Loewenberg, sleep expert and author of the book Dream On It: Unlock Your Dreams, Change Your Life, tells Romper that water is a very common symbol in dreams whether you are pregnant or not. That being said, it can have unique representation for the gestating crowd.
"During pregnancy, you may find the amount of water in your dreams increases as you produce more amniotic fluid," Loewenberg says. "As you get nearer to delivery, it is common to dream of flowing water or water bursting as your subconscious is preparing for your water to break."
But according to Loewenberg, its also important to pay attention to the type and state of the water in your dreams because it directly corresponds to your emotions the day before.
"Paying attention to your dreams is a great way to get an edge in life because the subconscious mind is so much wiser than our waking conscious mind," the dream expert insists, "and will show us the truth about our selves and our lives so we can make better decisions and therefore create a better life."
According to Loewenberg, here's a list of the most common appearances of water in pregnancy dreams and what they mean.