I've been involved with a project dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about women's spiritual pregnancy experiences.
Wondering whether you are or will become pregnant? Curious about your baby's gender? Worried about potential complications with childbirth or raising a child? Many mothers have found clues about their pregnancy from seemingly small occurrences in life and even in dreams. These may be God/a higher power/the universe/your intuition trying to send you a message through the things you see, hear, and feel in your day-to-day life.
In this article, I'll talk about spiritual signs of pregnancy and what they may look like, discuss pregnancy signs in dreams, and offer tips for being more aware of these signs.
A Series of 'Coincidences' Can Actually Be the Universe Trying to Tell You Something
Waking dreams is a term that is often used to describe a series of "coincidences" that have spiritual meaning and really aren't coincidences at all! Waking dreams are God's (or the Universe's) way of getting a message through to you.
(Spiritual) Signs About Pregnancy
Pregnancy seems to be a time of heightened spiritual awareness for some women. During pregnancy—and sometimes even during the months leading up to a pregnancy—some women notice signs in their dreams or in their daily lives that seem to inform them of their pregnancy. These signs can sometimes help women view life experiences in a different way. They may answer questions like, will I be pregnant? Am I pregnant? What gender is the baby? Am I ready? Will there be difficulties with the birth?
These signs or symbols can be confusing. Although some women may rely on their intuition or self-awareness to understand these messages, others may not know what to make of them. Are they really signs? From God? From the universe? Am I reading too much into them? Has my imagination just gone wild? Have others experienced similar things?
The answer to the last question is yes. During my time helping women understand these pregnancy signs, I've spoken to many women who have noticed pregnancy signs. Signs like these happen all the time, yet unless we are aware of the possibility, we may completely overlook them.
What Do Pregnancy Signs Look Like?
You'll know it's a sign if it makes you stop and think. "That's odd! Was it trying to tell me something? Does this experience have a special meaning for me?" Even if it would otherwise carry no significance, in that moment, it seemed very significant to you. It may carry an entirely different meaning than what was intended.
Spiritual Signs in Everyday Life
The signs come in many forms. It could be something someone said—either directly to you or just in passing. Maybe you overheard someone talking in another conversation. Maybe it's something you heard on the radio or on TV (e.g., "You're Having My Baby" comes on the radio). It could be something you read in a magazine, book, newspaper, or online. It could be an event in your everyday life—something that was unusual or struck you as out of the ordinary (e.g., seeing a stork at a pond in an area where storks don't commonly live).
Signs in Dreams That You Are Pregnant
Dreams are thought to be your brain's way of processing information and attempting to solve problems in your life. During pregnancy, many women experience more vivid dreams, likely because of the physiological changes and hormonal fluctuations taking place.
Common signs about pregnancy in dreams include:
- Giving birth to an animal: This may be your brain going through the motions of giving birth as "practice." In an article on Parents.com, Dr. Veronica Tonay states that as your pregnancy progresses, the animals may even grow older and develop more human qualities. The type of animal may also give you subtle clues about your feelings toward the pregnancy. In an article on TodaysParent.com, psychotherapist Jennifer Suurland says dreams of birthing cuddly animals may suggest your excitement for a new baby, while unsettling dreams may suggest you have some anxiety about having a new baby.
- Teeth falling out: Dreaming that your teeth are falling out usually symbolizes an insecurity or lack of control or power. During pregnancy, it may mean that you don't feel ready to welcome a new child, or you may not feel like you have much control over your life anymore.
- Swimming: Whether it's in an ocean, lake, or pool, dreaming that you're swimming, especially when it's with your baby, may symbolize your desire to connect with your unborn child.
- Drowning: Drowning in a dream may indicate that you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed about the pregnancy.
- Forgetting your baby, or your baby gets hurt: Similar to dreams of drowning, your brain may be trying to process the feelings you have—for instance, anxiety about being a new parent—to help you prepare for the next stage. It's preparing for the worst, but you should hope for the best!
- Seeing a baby boy or baby girl: Your dream may be detailed enough for you to make out the gender of your baby. If you see a boy, you'll likely have a boy. If you see a girl, you'll likely have a girl. However, in some cases, it may not be so straightforward.
How to Be More Aware of These Signs
Listen to Your Instincts
For spiritual signs to be of any use to us, we must notice them. Sometimes, a single sign will stand out and seem so unusual or out of place that I instantly notice. Other times, I'll just get a feeling inside telling me that I should take notice because this experience is significant.
Look for Repeating Signs
Some signs are overlooked because they just blend right in with life. However, if I notice that something keeps popping up over a short period of time, it may be a significant sign.
The signs may not all be the same. Let's say you are going on vacation and have been making a lot of purchases over the past few days. As you are standing in line at a store, you overhear someone talking about losing their wallet. A few minutes later, you overhear someone else talking about needing to deposit money in the bank. Then, when you get to the cashier, you have to stand and wait while she trades in some $20s for $1s.
Perhaps none of these events by themselves would have meant anything to you, but because they all happened over a very short period of time, they might have made you take notice. Perhaps, together, these events were telling you that you needed to curtail your spending a bit!
This idea, which I have seen several times at work in my own life, says that a series of physical "coincidences" can actually be messages from Spirit to guide you into greater understanding or lead you from harm. The idea is phenomenal. It requires you to understand that there really is no separation between the physical and the spiritual. When you realize this, you can begin to see Spirit at work through everyday events!
— Jason Bedunah
Actively Seek a Sign
Do you have a question about your pregnancy, your baby, or the adventure of motherhood? Maybe you wonder if your baby will be healthy. Or perhaps you've been trying to get pregnant for a long time and wonder if you ever will. Whatever your question may be, why not ask it—either in your head or in your journal?
At the same time, ask to see a certain symbol to indicate an answer to your question. Pick something as your symbol that you don't see often. It doesn't necessarily have to be related in meaning to your question, but it can. Pick any symbol at all, and assign to it a special meaning of your own.
For example, you could ask to see a bird's nest full of eggs as a sign that you are pregnant. But don't suddenly go searching outside among the trees! Relax. If it's meant to be, the symbol will come to you. Maybe while you're casually reading the newspaper one morning, you'll come across a picture of a nest of eggs. Or maybe your husband (with whom you haven't shared this symbol) will point out a bird's nest he noticed in the shrubs in front of your house.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2008 JanieceTobey
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Joan on August 13, 2020:
I am always dreaming about fish I dream that a fish was in a pan of water then I dream that I was pregnant, some times these dreams make me wonder why .
CHRISTINE on August 10, 2020:
Hi, i am in my 11 weeks of pregnancy, for the past 2 weeks i had started to see flashes of a female spirit in my dream. Her face is always covered by her long hair, sometimes she stand from a distance sometimes near. I had a miscarriage earlier of the year and this time i also have threaten miscarriage and some days i bled or spotting. Can someone share with me does these dreams mean anything?
Danie on August 09, 2020:
My boyfriend and i drove the kids to some ledges for a hike yesterday. On our way home a stork flew infront of us. My boyfriend pointed it out and said you know what that means? I said maybe a baby. I have endometriosis and have bad no luck for almost 2 years. Ive been thinking that it just isnt possible anymore. Hopefully yesterdays sign will be true.
Golden on July 31, 2020:
I have been dreaming about a baby boy for several times, does that mean am pregnant
Rae on July 23, 2020:
Recently had a dream that I was pregnant. I could see myself cradling my stomach and was around everyone that I love. Possibly at my baby shower? I have been trying to get pregnant for months. Am I reading too much into it?
Debbie on January 15, 2020:
Lately iv had dreams about babies. Also food shaped as a fetas as weird as it sounds and atm i think i may be pregnant but i took few pixs of the tests today and all in space of same min n one had a orb in it i mean u can see the whole thing clear it looks like a moon. Also 16months ago i lost twins one threw atopic my tube ruptured i feel this a sign im pregnant but maybe reading to much in to it because my past experience i dont no but i feel its somthing maybe my babies way letting me no there around
Jessica Carlis on January 11, 2020:
Im 30 years old without a uterus and my pastors husband told me God is going to give me twins. All i have to say about that is Lord let thy will be done. My 4 year old been acting like a baby again. Sooo anything is possible
Lilly on January 01, 2020:
I have 4 beautiful little boys and for the past 2 months I have been seeing dragonflies everywhere. I’ve saved one from drowning in our pool and one from a spider in a spiders web. My boys have been pointing them out to me and I’ve had one drop on my head. I found out 3 days ago that I’m indeed pregnant again, and I’m 4 weeks. What does a dragonfly symbolise with pregnancy and is it a sign that I’ll be having our first girl or our 5th boy?
Signs in the clouds on November 07, 2019:
I saw a letter B in the clouds and a few minutes later a baby's leg and foot appeared. 2 months later I found out that I am pregnant.
Noa Makinen on July 14, 2019:
Could I be pregnant and not know it but have dreams about it and being Nauseous have headache and salty food been craving them 2 weeks my mom said it’s impossible but could it be from heaven above if I am alone and single at 25
Tasha on April 18, 2019:
I see this child for the first time and comes to me and start playing with me the whole time I'm around him. Then i leave he starts to cry
Destiny Lynn Bowe on March 15, 2019:
I just have a big question. If i been threwing up and god told my brother and my fiance that im pregnant with 4 babies and i have ben getting dreams about + pregnancytest cuple of nights and my boss asked me if i,m pregnant and i have been getting every pregnancy sign in the book is that a big sign im pregnant right now?
CJ on March 10, 2019:
With my first pregnancy I had a vision of a baby girl being given to me and right when i woke up i knew i was pregnant with her. Four weeks later i found out i was pregnant and she arrived nine months later. During my second, i had strong dreams of being in the streets as Jesus walked to the cross, and a men asking me if i would die for him? When i said yes, a man walked towards me. I recall his robe and shoes and he said to me, "this is your son" as he held a baby boy. I found out i was pregnant several weeks later and my son arrived nine months later. Two weeks before his arrival, living in a three story house, I woke up at midnight due to tapping on my bedroom window. I arose out of bed, with the tapping turned on my night light and sitting on my window seal was a little sparrow. He hopped across my window seal for several mins and each time he would stop in front of me he would tap the window. My next child did not make it-I had a dream of the same man that showed me my first son bring me a young boy but he said "You will have signs of life, but this isnt his time or yours." Two weeks later I took a test which tested positive, but that night in a dream a young man sat across from me and i will never forget his face, he said to me, "Its not your fault, it is just not our time, I wanted you to meet me but i have to say good-bye" and four weeks later i had a miscarriage. My next child did not come to me in a dream but as i spoke with my husband in the living room i thought a car drove by outside because i had seen a ball of light appear from behind him and move through the curtains. It startled me, but it was so peaceful and it felt like a childs spirit. A month later, I felt it again but no light, when then i realized i was late-i took a test and right then i knew it was a girl and she arrived at 34 weeks. I went to my doctor on Monday and asked him if he was working on Friday because she told me she was coming on Friday-and she did. Now six years later on March 8th, 2019 I woke up and went out to get something from my car, it was around 930-945 pm. When i went around the car from the drivers side towards the back to walk around, another brilliant ball of light about the size of small soccer ball came out of now where and flew right towards me and moved right before it hit my face-at that moment i knew someone was with me. Though i didnt classify myself late, I took a test on March 9th and found out I am expecting again and on this test a sense of a boy along with a name came to me, due date 11 7 2019.
Dorene on February 11, 2019:
signs have been showen that im pregnant but it does show through a pregnant test
Latyshe on November 23, 2018:
Hey I been hearing a baby cry at night n inside my house but I never see this baby what do it mean
Michelle on October 12, 2018:
I have dreamt of my Grandad and talking to him could I get pregnant because I had a visitation ?
Leela Ramnath on September 04, 2018:
God told me am 3months pregnant.
I did give birth at the church. In the spirit. .i have seen the child. As a baby. ..now the child.is more bigger. ..
Could you please explain? ?
t on July 10, 2018:
I was driving home and was talking wo my sister on the headset when I realized I had a little spider in the car. i stoped and opened the door as i wanted the spider to leave but i couldn't find him anymore.. continued to drive and a few min later it was on my lap. my sister joked then "you know what they say in Africa when you have spiders around you?" I was not aware about this so I asked her, no what do they say? "they say you are pregnant if spiders are around you"
my husband is African so i just found that funny and cute and did not pay any more attention.
hours later i couldn't help but to do a test and there was a big cross in the test, i was pregnang! : )
Kasia on June 17, 2018:
I met my twin flame the other week , from the first day We we’re deeply in awe with each other by the second we were pronouncing our love for each other . On the third day I got my period . We were having protected Sex , even tho I have an IUD which is meant to be the best form of contraceptive. The whole time I was on my period I didn’t have any interest in Sex which made my partner unhappy as he thought it was him I didn’t want it with. By the first day of my period going away I had my Sex drive back and wanted Sex a lot. The night I finished my period me and my twin flame had sex unprotected for the first time, during this experience I have never felt so connected to someone emotionally , spiritually and physically . When we both orgasmed together I experienced a feeling or relief and slight sadness , well not sadness I was overwhelmed and I nearly started crying . I had a weird feeling in my lower abdomen like my lady reproductive systems were awakened. Since then I have experienced very strange things happen. The night after the Sex a friend of mine told me they had a dream I was pregnant and gave birth on their couch. Then an Uber driver asked me if I was going baby shopping for no apparent reasons as I am not showing it had only been two days since I felt something be conceived . I have experienced walking with my partner talking about our imaginary baby and seeing pregnant women everywhere , families with infants. I’m not yet at an stage where I can take a pregnancy test and it would be able to pick up a possibility of pregnancy . My period isn’t due for another two weeks , but I just have this gut feeling . On top of that I’ve had weird things happen to me. Ciggarettes disappearing without a trace . Feeling sick when I drink alcohol (which I never experience as I have had a substance abuse problem with alcohol and my body was very used to large amounts of it) I feel like I’m going crazy and it’s frustrating me that I cannot even take a test to be sure. I would love nothing more than to bring a child into this world with my other half my twin flame. A divine union . But it’s just a waiting game at this point. And I have such strong urges to drink which can be so bad for infants in development. I’m not sure what to do ....
Unknown on May 28, 2018:
I’m currently pregnant and according to the scans and all it’s for my recent rebound ex. However it doesn’t make sense to me as I felt I had pregnancy symptoms from before the hospital dates and would then mean I’m pregnant for my other ex who I’m still in love with. Before I found out I was pregnant I had vivid dreams of him telling me I’m having his baby plus the sex it would be and how we make a good family. He’s all I’ve dreamt about throughout my whole pregnancy and I’m now in my third trimester. The rebound ex has not shown up in my dreams once. Nor have we had any communication throughout this (yes he knows I’m pregnant). I asked to meet up twice and out of our control we just couldn’t which I took as very clear signs to stay distant throughout this time. Could my dreams be telling me the dates aren’t right and I could actually be having my true loves baby? That things are manifesting and coming into reality? I’m so glad I came across this article because my dreams are seriously telling me something alright, lol
Leilani on May 25, 2018:
Um im not pregnant but I been getting these baby type of feelings and seeing teen pregnancy books everywhere and everyone talking about having babies around me and today I found a blue necklace that was blue at the library
Tammy murray on May 16, 2018:
Today I was on my lunch break. Open my bible app and there was a prayer for pregnant women. I am 11 days late I spotted a week after my cycle for about 3 days. And then the day I was supposed to start my cycle I started spotting for a couple hours very light. Been having lower back pains slight nausea and I want to eat all the time. The thing is I only have one ovary and one tube. I had two children with one ovary and one tube. After my last childbirth I got my tubes clamped off. So if I am pregnant it's all in God's plan. It will be a miracle. I believe all things are possible through Christ who strengthens us. So I've got high hopes. I really hope I am pregnant. This Lil B my last chance to have another child.
A.J. on July 06, 2015:
I've had dreams as well as strong symptoms of pregnancy for several weeks before it was detected even on a blood test. I'll say now that up until that point I was secretly hoping for twins. At my first appointment I tested negative on both a urine and blood test, exactly four weeks after my LMP. I also had an ultrasound the same day, and everything was "normal"; they even said I would probably start menses in a day or two. I knew they were wrong deep down, but I still cried on the way home. My best friend was with me and we needed to stop at her house for snacks that we were taking for a picnic that I no longer felt like attending. As we pulled into the driveway, the mailman waved and smiled at us - obviously nothing unusual. I stopped to grab her mail as she unlocked her front door and guess what was in the mail? Not one, but two, American Baby magazines. My best friend is not with the childbearing interest, is on an excellent birth control, and hasn't been - lets just say - 'active'. I knew right away that that I was indeed pregnant. Because I "knew" and because the tests at the doctors were negative, I waited three days to test. I bought the cheapest test I could find and even took it at night with pretty diluted urine, and immediately had two very dark pink lines. My pregnancy was confirmed the following Monday and I am now six weeks pregnant :) I will update when I find out how many :) :)
Shellymotherof7 includingmy girl boy set of twins hunter on April 12, 2015:
Have dreamt of having twins several times and its like everywhere i go i see twins where i log in to facebook down my newsfeed its twins not just 1 set several in stores if im on google twins pop up or something for twins does... I even feel it in my heart mind and spirit tjat there are twins in my womb right now... It even came in my spirit to buy close for my twins they even have names already!!! I named them before i had even went to the er... I went to my kids that are in middle school school and as i walked in i didnt really see any little kids and as i left from giving my 13year old daughter named Divine her phone charger i walked back into thw gym to leave and these three little kids ran across my path and i kept walking then they ran again as if to gety attention something on me said stop and look again one little kid had fallen by my feet i helped him up and as i helped him up i asked him wad he ok and as im helping him up i look and right beside me stood his twin!!:) i told my oldest daughter something in my spirit tells me these are signs that i am too having TWINS!!!# FROM THOSE THINGS TO ME BEING DIRECTED TO scripture like in the begining in gensis , is there anything to hard for God , nothing is impossible , its exercising your faith to believe # signs and wonders miracles , the power of asking believing and receiving # by our own faith let it be unto us# another 1 came in my spirit noah built the ark even though he may have had so doubt or questions like how could these things happen he still had faith to believe # i believe all things are possible to them that believe # in the bible didnt Jesus tell them of yeh have little faith# faith without works is died# you must come believing that he is # it is impossible to please him without faith # question is there anything to hard for GOD? No he created adam, he said let there be light, somethings come to increase our faith and to cause others to believe in thee all powerful God he caused the red sea to part # there aint nothing he cant do!!!
anonymous on June 22, 2011:
Another one of your gems that I've missed along the way.