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Are vivid dreams common during pregnancy?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Many pregnant women (and especially postpartum women) report that their dreams become extremely vivid - even nightmarish. This vividness may result from the extreme range of emotions that pregnant women experience, as well as from disrupted sleep patterns in pregnancy and postpartum.

It's also believed that the prevalence of the hormone oxytocin may influence the intensity of dreams. So your brain and subconscious may be in overdrive when you have that very vivid dream, but it could also be a symptom of a mood or anxiety disorder, and you may need some interventions (perhaps even a sedative prescribed by a doctor) to help break the pattern of bizarre dreams and get your sleep back on track.
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