I’m up late, not because of a nightmare so much as stress-induced insomnia, and I came across this Chicago Sun-Times article. It’s about a new study that shows almost three out of four new mothers have nightmares about their baby in distress. Often, the nightmare centers around the baby being lost somewhere in your bed.
Oh my God! I totally suffered from this exact problem for the first few months of Cassie’s life. I must have awakened several times each day/night with the absolutely gut-wrenching (and imagined) horror that I was accidentally smothering her in the bed. We didn’t even co-sleep, though occasionally I would hold her while trying to get her to sleep–and then nod off myself.
Why do we have these horrible nightmares? According to the study’s lead researcher, they “are a normal result of the pressures of new responsibilities, lack of sleep and hormonal changes.” Boy, it just feels better knowing what I experienced was normal–even if it was awful at the time.
Did anyone else suffer from these postpartum nightmares?