The dreams of pregnancy

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To sleep, perchance to dream... If you're pregnant, sleep now while you can because once the kid arrives, you'll sleep no more. Be aware, however, that your dreams will be a bit different than you might be used to. According to a new study published in the journal SLEEP, "the conception and birth of a child are emotional events that influence the dreams of most new mothers."

Not only that, the new parenting dreams often focus on the worries that parents have, causing anxiety in the mother that sticks around even after they wake up. Dr. Tore Nielsen, the study's author concluded that "hallucinatory baby-in-bed nightmares and other vivid dreams of the baby in peril appear to arise normally in response to the acute maternal responsibilities and sleep fragmentation that are endured by new mothers."

So all that worrying in your sleep is perfectly normal. I know I've experienced this sort of dream; has anyone else? What was your worst, scariest dream about your kids?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.