Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pregnancy 101: Visiting with the Boogeyman

When I started this pregnancy I noticed a real increase in the amount of dreams I had. Or at least the ones I would remember.  And they were like no other dreams I had ever had.  So vivid and real.  They weren't scary just crazy real and I would wake up and be blown away that it was actually a dream.  I remember one that I had about a baby crying.  I sat straight up in bed in the middle of the night because I was SURE it was my son. 

As I transitioned into my second trimester they seemed to go away.  I would dream every now and then but nothing that was that memorable.  It was a nice break because I wasn't getting woken up by these crazy dreams.  And then third trimester came around and all that changed.  The Dreams (and yes they deserve to be capitalized at this point.) were back and with a vengeance.  They have progressively gotten worse over the last two months and they are just vivid anymore.  Now its nightmares I'm having.

Last night 3 hours after I went to bed I woke with a jump because someone was about to hit me in THE HEAD WITH A HAMMER.  I had to actually get out of bed to shake it off.  I went back to sleep and woke 2 hours later because some crazy lady was hiding in my blinds and WANTED TO KILL ME.  I'm having these nightmares about once a week at this point and they are freaking me out.  In fact a few times when my hubby gets up to leave for work (he leaves around 4 a.m.) I make him leave the bathroom light on and I turn on the TV to fall back asleep too.  Last night after the second dream I was awake for about 2 hours.  Ugh.  Luckily I can rely on MTV and VH1 to entertain me with music videos.

Last night's dreams were the worst I've had so far.  Really scary.  And I've tried to be careful about what I watch before I go to bed so it won't trigger these dreams.  48 Hours and Criminal Minds have to wait and be watched in the light of day!  But I've also think there is a connection between what I eat too.  I have noticed that the spicy the food the crazier the dream.  Last night I made fajitas.  And not that they were crazy spicy but they are a little bit and it seems when I have something spicy it makes the dreams more vivid.  Don't know if I can give up my Mexican food though!  I'm just really ready for these dreams to stop.  I'm not much of a scaredy cat.  I've lived on my own and always did things for myself and never had too many scary moments but this is ridiculous.    Did any of you get visits from the boogeyman when you were pregnant?


Girly Muse said...

Oh yes. Awful, VIVID dreams...I had to completely stop watching anything scary because it would for sure set it off, but they often came either way.

Sorry you're going through that! No fun.

bekah said...

haha oh yeah! Only I was the mean one in my dreams. I had one in which I hit my dog in the head with a frying pan, and another one where I punched my step mom in the eye and threw her little dog out of the window! Haha I have no idea where all that anger/aggression came from! Im a total pushover!

Michelle, Queen of Everything said...

I didn't have bad dreams until after I actually had Ty (for some reason, I didn't have the weird dreams the second time around). I'd have these awful dreams that I was out shopping and lost him in the mall or couldn't find the dressing room I left him in!

And the really bad one that I had all the time was that I was out running errands and then remember that I had a baby and had left him at home! And then there was always a traffic jam or some other obstacle when I tried to rush home. It was AWFUL. And in the dreams, it had been hours and hours that he was home alone.