Dreaming about pregnancy can be funny, exciting, or scary, depending on how you feel about it as soon as you wake up. All genders can dream about pregnancy, leaving you with many questions. If you’re a woman, it might make you think it’s a sign of future events.
But don’t worry, as these dreams can be pretty common, and they can have meanings so far out from actual pregnancy.
In this article, we’ll cover the general symbolism of pregnancy dreams, the most common dreams about being pregnant, and how you can use these dreams to help you in your waking life.
General Symbolism of Pregnancy Dreams
Pregnancy is generally considered a blessing, which is why the Biblical symbolism of this dream has positive connotations. When you’re pregnant in your dream, or there’s a pregnancy, it is considered to be God’s way of telling you that a blessing is coming your way and that you should prepare for it.
For modern dream experts, pregnancy dreams can be interpreted as a change that’s about to happen, personal growth, and prosperity. Other dream symbols include preparation for a new chapter in your life or longing for love and acceptance.
Pregnancy is also associated with creativity. When a woman conceives, it is in the process of creation. Thus, dreaming of being pregnant can also mean creative pursuits or a desire to be creative.
While we offer general ideas of the symbolism of pregnancy dreams, the final say is always up to the dreamer. These are the most common interpretations of pregnancy dreams, but they will only mean something if it makes sense for you in real life.
Sometimes, you might dream of being pregnant because your close friend just announced her pregnancy, or you saw a random pregnant woman, and somehow this news or sighting suddenly shows up in your dreams.
Common Dreams About Being Pregnant
Before discussing the common dreams about being pregnant and their interpretations, we need to state that these are for men and women who have ruled out actual pregnancy.
Sometimes, your subconscious mind will reveal what your body is going through, even when you are in denial or are ignoring the signs that you’re pregnant. In some cases, though rare, dreaming about yourself being pregnant can be your mind’s way of confirming that you are.
To apply these interpretations to your waking life, you must rule out actual pregnancy first. If you dreamed about being pregnant and you are pregnant, then congratulations. But if you aren’t, the following interpretations of your pregnancy dream might apply to you.
Here are the most common dreams about being pregnant and their interpretations:
1. Dreaming About Being Pregnant When You’re Not
To dream that you’re pregnant when you’re not can mean that you are about to experience a shift in your life. This shift can be a creative endeavor since pregnancy is linked with creation. It can also mean that you’re ready to be a mother if you’ve been thinking of getting pregnant.
2. Dreaming About Giving Birth
Dreaming about giving birth can mean you are about to launch a business, start a new career, or enter a new relationship. Since pregnancy is about creation, giving birth can be a metaphor for creating something new in your life.
3. Dreaming About Someone Else Being Pregnant
Dreaming about someone else being pregnant can mean someone joining you in your creative process or trying to take the credit. It can also tell that someone may be doing something creative that you want but are not doing.
4. Dreaming About Positive Pregnancy Tests
To dream of a positive pregnancy test can mean you want to get pregnant. If your dream evokes feelings of happiness, it can tell you want to conceive. If the dream evokes sadness or fear, it can mean you’re scared of being pregnant.
5. Dreaming About Negative Pregnancy Tests
Dreaming of a negative pregnancy test can mean you don’t want to get pregnant. Your partner or people around you may pressure you to get pregnant, but deep down inside, you’re not ready yet or don’t want to have a baby.
It can also mean that what you’re planning to start or create might not come to fruition.
6. Dreaming About Pregnancy Complications
Dreaming about pregnancy complications can mean business, personal growth, or career setbacks. You may be planning to start a business, but obstacles may come along the way, or you sense an impending problem.
7. Dreaming About Miscarriage or Abortion
This specific dream could mean you have doubts about a project, a relationship, or a career. These doubts may want you to stop doing what you’re doing, or you desire to end something yet to begin.
8. If You Dream of Having “Morning” Sickness
To dream of having “morning sickness” can be a bad sign. Whatever you’re starting, this dream indicates things are not going well.
9. If You’re Dreaming That You Just Conceived
If you dream of having conceived, this could mean you have just started something in real life. It could be a business, career move, spiritual journey, or relationship in the growth or developmental stage. If it hasn’t started yet, it is a sign from your subconscious that you desire it to begin.
A Word of Advice
Pregnancy dreams can mean different things to different people, and they can evoke other emotions depending on the details of the dream and how a person reacts to having the dream.
With many possible meanings, what we’ve shared here is applied to people who are not pregnant. It’s common for pregnant women to have recurrent and vivid dreams because of changing hormone levels. These interpretations may not apply to you if you are indeed pregnant.
If you’ve ruled out pregnancy, these interpretations may apply to your life. In this case, symbolism and common meanings can mean creation, personal growth, a change in your life, or a sign that you desire to get pregnant.
If you are experiencing recurring pregnancy dreams but you’re not pregnant, and it’s become bothersome, it might be wise to seek the help of a therapist or dream analyst who can help you manage your emotions.
Dreams can manifest stress or a problem you have that needs to be managed. Sometimes, you can’t pinpoint the source of your stress, so they manifest in your dreams.
If you’ve applied the common interpretations of these pregnancy dreams into your waking life but still get these dreams, which trigger negative emotions, you might need to seek help.
1. What if I am not physically able to have children?
If you are not physically able to have children, and you dream you’re pregnant, it might manifest your desire to bear children. This type of dream can be considered a form of wish fulfillment.
2. Can men have pregnancy dreams?
Yes, men can have dreams of pregnancy, and a man can have dreams that his wife is pregnant or someone else is pregnant.