I've been involved with a project dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about women's spiritual pregnancy experiences.
Spiritual Dreams During Pregnancy:
Was a dream your first clue that you were pregnant?
Have you ever dreamed about the appearance, health, personality, or gender of your unborn baby?
Do you feel as if you've actually met your unborn baby... in a dream?
Does a Dream About a Baby Mean Something?
Dreams are often thought of as being nothing more than the product of an overactive imagination. Yet are they?
Those who've had prophetic dreams, or dreams containing important information or messages, know there is more to dreams than just one's overactive imagination. Dreams can give us all kinds of information to help us in our day-to-day lives. They can help us solve problems, provide us with insight, and show us new ways of doing something. We can even work off karma in our dreams! (That sure beats always working off karma in the physical world!) For those who study their dreams, dreams can be wonderful guides and tools, bringing much insight and benefit for the dreamer.
What a Pregnancy or Baby Dream Can Mean
- Our dreams before or during pregnancy can give us information about our babies or pregnancies, such as letting us know we are pregnant or providing us with information about the baby's gender, name, appearance, or personality.
- Spiritual pregnancy dreams can give us guidance in solving our problems and help us make good decisions about our pregnancies and babies.
- Dreams can bring certain matters to our attention before they escalate into bigger issues, warning us, perhaps, of complications that might arise in our pregnancies if we don't make some changes to our diets, behaviors, etc.
- Sometimes dreams help prepare us emotionally for health issues or pregnancy-related complications we will be having.
- Pregnancy dreams can help us conquer our fears of being pregnant, of labor and delivery, of raising a child, or of anything else!
- Our pregnancy dreams may even allow us an opportunity to meet our new baby-to-be before his or her birth!
Certainly dreams are more than just our imaginations gone wild!
I Dreamed I Was Pregnant: Does This Mean I'm Really Pregnant?
Many women do first learn about their pregnancy from a dream. In fact, 57% of the 61 women who filled out our initial pregnancy survey dreamed about being pregnant very early in their pregnancies, before taking a pregnancy test.
Yet not every pregnancy dream indicates a need to schedule a doctor's appointment! Dreaming of being pregnant can be symbolic of other things, too. It may mean, for example, that the dreamer is about to embark on a new adventure of some sort. Maybe she's about to get a new job or a promotion at work, or maybe she's about to come up with ("give birth to") some fabulous idea that will make a real difference in her life or the lives of others.
Dreaming of being pregnant may indicate an literal pregnancy or some other type of figurative birth or change in the dreamer's life.
Prophetic Pregnancy Dreams
How can I tell if this is a prophetic pregnancy dream or not?
What does your intuition tell you? Often, prophetic dreams come along with a strong inner feeling of the dream being true. You may wake up with the feeling of having been forewarned, prepared, or alerted to some news. Or the dream may just simply feel true to you.
If you are unsure as to if your pregnancy dream is prophetic or not, you can take a pregnancy text or ask God for some confirmation in the form of a spiritual sign or another dream, if you'd like. You can also be on the lookout for further clues in your day-to-day life.
Dreams of Baby's Gender
I dreamed about my baby's gender last night. Is there a chance it'll come true?
Many women do have dreams that indicate the baby's gender. Of the 61 women completing our first pregnancy survey, 36 of them (59%) reported having a dream about the baby's gender.
How accurate are women's pregnancy dreams regarding the baby's gender?
In a different study published in the September 1999 issue of Birth, pregnant women who had not found out the gender of their baby via an ultrasound were asked to guess what their unborn baby's gender would be.
- Of those who had a pregnancy dream and who also had over 12 years of education, 100% were correct in their guesses. (Granted, this was a very small sample size. Only eight women in their study fit in this category of having over 12 years of education and of having pregnancy dream that predicted their baby's gender.)
- Women with over 12 years of education who were relying on an inner feeling to predict the gender of their baby were accurate 76% of the time.
- Women with more than a high school education who relied on other things besides dreams or inner feelings to help them predict the gender of their babies (as well as women with less than a high school education no matter what they were using to make their predictions) were less likely to be accurate in their guesses.
Intuition, coupled with one or more dreams, provides more assurance than either alone. Catherine is an example of this: She not only dreamed about the gender of her first two babies, but also strongly sensed what their gender would be. She was right in each case.
So Should I Paint the Nursery Pink (or Blue)?
Although the majority of the women I've spoken with gave birth to the gender they had dreamed of, I wouldn't suggest using only the information gained in a dream to paint the baby's nursery, unless you don't mind possibly having to repaint it after the birth! We have heard from a few mothers whose babies ended up being a different gender from what they dreamed. Interestingly, a few mothers have even reported to us that they dreamed in one pregnancy of a baby they actually had in a subsequent pregnancy.
The Power of Desire
Also, it appears that in some cases, a mother-to-be so strongly wants a baby of a particular gender that it can cloud the accuracy or clarity of her dreams. Terri, for example, already had a boy from a previous pregnancy and was really hoping for a girl. During this second pregnancy, she had an interesting dream about her unborn baby's gender. In the dream, she and her husband repeatedly told each other quite firmly and with conviction that their second baby would be a boy. Terri emphasized to me how sure she and her husband were in the dream that their second baby would be a boy. Yet, during the same dream, Terri went into labor. In her dream, the baby turned out to be a girl. A few months later, when Terri actually went into labor and delivered, she gave birth to a boy. Perhaps Terri's dream reflected that even though her "dream baby"—the baby she was hoping for—was a girl, she and her husband would in fact be having a boy, as the beginning of the dream had emphasized.
Therefore it's important for those wishing to gather real information about their unborn babies to remain as neutral as possible as to what that information will be. If you are strongly preferring one gender over the other, you may dream about the baby you are hoping for rather than the one you are actually having. Asking God for some confirmation about your dream in the form of a sign, and also relying on your inner senses, rather than your desires, may be helpful.
Please Take These Quick and Easy Pregnancy Dreams Surveys!
This short survey (and other surveys I've done elsewhere) help further knowledge and increase awareness of the types of spiritual pregnancy experiences happening to women all over the world.
They are also a wonderful and easy way for women to get involved in The Spiritual Pregnancy Project and share their personal stories for possible inclusion in my book, articles, or workshops! If you are pregnant now, or have been in the past, I'd love for you to participate too!
P.S. Although your anonymous responses to the yes/no poll questions will be visible to others on this page, your written stories will come directly to me. Please include your name and email along with your stories so I can contact you if I have any questions about your story. Your name and email address will not be visible to others, nor will I give or sell them to others.
If you did learn about your baby in a dream, will you tell me a little about it, please? Any information you can provide about your dream would be great!
© 2008 JanieceTobey
Comments? Questions? I'd Love to Hear From You!
Zuzanna Rahman on August 05, 2018:
I have dreamed that I was pregnant at 10 weeks and I was pregnant at 10 weeks !! I also had a really weird dream last night that I gave birth and I saw what the baby looked like and what the features were I got told it brings bad luck but I don’t know, what do you think ?
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on May 08, 2012:
I think our subconscious speaks to us. Our body knows that it is pregnant and tries to let us know through a dream.
Renee Jaco Whitfield from Bogalusa, Louisiana , United States of America on March 09, 2012:
Thanks for Sharing this lovely lens! = ] keep up the good work!
KDimmick on January 20, 2011:
MikkiGVee on February 28, 2009:
Great lens, Janiece. 5 stars! Thank you for sharing it with the Sweet Dreams Group. Good luck on your new book!
DebtSolutions22 on February 05, 2009:
Lovely lens. I am new mother as well.. my son is currently 14 months and while i was pregnant I did have a dream that I would have a boy. Also after doing my 4D ultrasound I can perfectly see the specific features from my husband as well as myself. Thanks for putting a great lens together.
Patricia on January 12, 2009:
Welcome to the Spirituality Group! This is a very good lens. My grandmother dreamt of my first daughter and told me what she would look like which she did look just like my grandma said.