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Do Dreams Get More Intense When Pregnant?

Dreams are the unconscious mind's way of helping people resolve issues they are concerned about when awake, says Barbara Lavi, Connecticut-based clinical psychologist. Since pregnancy is one of the most exciting life altering times in a woman's life, it is not surprising that pregnant women tend to have more frequent, intense dreams, she says. “Increased levels of hormones running through the woman's body play a part in this phenomenon,” says Lavi. “Heightened anxiety and joy may lead to a woman's unconscious mind working overtime during sleep to help resolve the issues she is thinking about during the day.” Dreams, even nightmares, may help women prepare for the complex, wonderful process of becoming a mother, says Lavi.

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