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Keywords:

  • dreams;
  • first pregnancy;
  • pregnancy;
  • women

Abstract This study analysed women's dreams reported during first pregnancy, a subject matter located at the crossroads of the psychology of dreams and the psychology of pregnancy. In the comparison of dreams reported by first-time pregnant women, to those reported by controls, we hypothesized that pregnant women's dreams would: (i) include more pregnancy-related content; (ii) display a higher degree of anxiety; and (iii) rate higher on a primary-process thinking (PPT) scale. As predicted, it was found that pregnancy-related contents significantly occupied pregnant women's dreams, a fact that might be attributed to an attempt to process and master the experience. Contrary to our expectations, it was found that anxiety and PPT were not significantly higher among pregnant women. An attempt to account for these findings raised methodological, as well as theoretical issues, consequently leading to a re-examination of the original hypotheses. Thus, it was claimed that the linkage of pregnancy to increased anxiety and PPT is grossly unbalanced.