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Keywords

sleep disturbance, dreams, pregnancy loss, miscarriage, subsequent pregnancy, bereavement, sleep

 

Authors

  1. Van, Paulina PhD, RN
  2. Cage, Tene
  3. Shannon, Maureen

Abstract

Sleep patterns and dream content may be affected by stressful life events such as pregnancy loss. Women who are pregnant subsequent to a prior pregnancy loss tend to have anxious and emotionally charged experiences during their pregnancies. Dreams can affect pregnancy outcomes, specifically premature birth. This qualitative study is the first investigation to explore sleep disturbances caused by dreams as experienced by a diverse group of women pregnant subsequent to a pregnancy loss. Our analysis resulted in the identification of 4 categories of dreams. We offer clinical assessment and intervention strategies to support these women prenatally and present suggestions for research to facilitate our understanding of their experiences.