Dreaming about being in labor can seem strange and out of the ordinary especially if you’re not actually pregnant.
Dreams surrounding labor and childbirth are some of the oldest dream interpretations that can be found all across the globe in different cultures, since women have been giving birth for thousands of years. However, this dream does differ slightly from your normal pregnancy dream.
But what does it really mean to dream about being in labor? We have gathered some of the most common dreams and interpretations.
What are dream interpretations?
Interpreting dreams is a practice that’s almost as old as dreams themselves. It stretches across cultures, countries, and religions. Many times, the images displayed to us while we are unconscious, are thought to be our subconscious mind or higher self speaking to us. Others may believe it is the only time our spirit guides and ancestors are able to communicate with us. Regardless of who is trying to do the telling, it is the actual telling itself that causes us to seek out the deeper meaning of our dreams. Many ancient societies depended on dreams to drive them forward in their decision making, or had a designated person like a high priestess or shaman that would advise on different areas of life after having dreamt about them.
Different meanings for dreaming about being in labor
Dreams of being in labor can have many different meanings. In this case, the feelings experienced during the dream and the scenario itself are all important for interpretation.
1. Producing Something
This dream is often interpreted to be a sign of producing or making something. Dreams of being in labor reflect something important being on the way, and are usually a sign of either something of great meaning being delivered to you or by you.
As for exactly what this thing could possibly be, is harder to predict. Usually it is common to focus the meaning of this dream on your professional life and look at things that relate to your career.
Take this dream as a sign to kick start your productivity. Maybe you have had many creative or business-savvy ideas that you haven’t quite explored to the fullest. Or maybe there is a project that needs finishing. Whatever the case may be for you, this dream is a sign that it is time to get started and remain open to all possible life changes.
2. Exploring new things
experiencing labor in a dream can be seen as a sign of exploring new aspects of your life, or of a situation. The symbolism of becoming ready to give birth blends into being ready for a new start or chapter that lies ahead.
Even though this dream is mostly positive, it is important to bear in mind that new opportunities come with new challenges as well and these can provide some big changes to your current life.
3. Physical strain
We sometimes tend to ignore the signals of our body and focus only on the determination of our mind. This can be detrimental for us physically, and having a dream that you are in labor could be a sign of straining your body too much. In this context, this dream serves as a reminder to take care of your physical health and not ignore the warning signs from your body.
4. Delivering something on time
This interpretation of dreaming about being in labor is similar to the aspect of producing something. However, it varies in the fact that this is more connected to the timeline of an experience.
Maybe you feel like you have been drowning at work, or in your personal life, having to tend to deadlines and keeping relationships afloat. This is a sign that you will be able to deliver in all of these areas, and you will be able to do it on time. Guaranteeing that your personal or professional life does suffer.
5. Letting go
Although it is common to make the connection between labor and birth symbolic of bringing something new into your life or starting a new chapter, it could also be a sign of finally releasing and letting go of something emotionally.
Perhaps you have struggled for a long time to move on from a situation or past experience, and it has come with a great deal of pain and discomfort. This dream could be a sign that you are finally releasing it, letting it go and moving on.
6. Dream about being in labor and giving birth
If you dream long enough to end up giving birth the meaning of this dream can be different. The interpretation of this dream depends on the result of the birth.
- Giving birth to a girl
if your dream about being in labor leads to giving birth to a baby girl, this could be telling of new times ahead. Usually giving birth to a girl suggests that the times ahead are free of trouble, luck and that you will move forward with ease.
- Giving birth to a boy
If your dream about being in labor results in giving birth to a baby boy, then this could be a sign of fatigue. This dream serves as a reminder that you must put your own health, both physical and mental, first.
- Giving birth to twins
If your dream about being in labor results in giving birth to twins, then this is usually a sign of wealth. The twins symbolize abundance, and so this dream is usually a sign that you will be receiving abundance and wealth in the near future.
7. Dream about being in labor at the hospital
If there is any place to be while in labor, it is the hospital. To dream of labor in this scenario is symbolic of the phrase “right place at the right time”. It hints to your personal endeavors in life. Everything that you seek to accomplish is within reach, and you are finding yourself on the right path to reach your goals. This is a positive dream in terms of career and personal life.
8. Dream about being in labor while alone
This dream has a less positive interpretation. If you appear to be alone in a situation such as this, then it is a sign of an upcoming struggle. This struggle can be related to many different areas of your life, professional, personal, love or family. It could also hint at great emotional pain.
This dream symbolizes the lack of help you are experiencing or will experience from those around you. This is a time for growth and re-planning.
This dream does not mean you are doomed, but rather that you need to rely on yourself more than anyone else to do what needs to be done, and to take you where you want to go in life.
Dreaming about being in labor religious meanings
1. Being in labor dream meaning in Islam
In Islam, the meaning of having a dream of being in labor or seeing someone in labor is a positive sign.
This dream means that whoever is the subject of experiencing labor has a joyous road ahead, filled with happiness and ease. Dreams like this are mostly known to appear with people who have had a rough period in their lives, and it means that things are starting to ease up.
2. Being in labor dream meaning in Christianity
In Christianity, watching someone experience labor before childbirth can symbolize this person needing your help.
If it is a friend or family member it could be possible that they are going through a difficult situation but haven’t felt comfortable reaching out to anyone. This also applies to yourself, and if you are the one experiencing labor in a dream, it could possibly be a sign of difficulties that lie ahead and a reminder that it is okay to ask for help.
Dreaming about being in labor general meaning
Overall, having dreams about being in labor or watching someone else experience labor is a sign of newness. It symbolizes a new start, a new chapter or letting go of something that no longer serves you.
This dream is often telling of things that lie in the future, and how situations will affect your emotions in the coming months. It is a reminder in certain cases, that you should trust in yourself, take care of your mind and body, and remember to use the people around you for support.
How your dreams reflect your waking life
Your dreams are a powerful tool and an expert on translating the thoughts, emotions and feelings of your waking life, into your subconscious.
Some of the time these can symbolize feelings of deep fear, worry, and self-doubt in your waking life. Other times they may be signs of joy, contentment and prosperity. There is also a portion of dreams that could come to you as warnings or a premonition, while some dreams may hold visitors from another realm.
It is important to remember that dreams should not be interpreted literally, and are always better received as a metaphor.