Thursday, February 18, 2010

I dreamt I was pregnant. About three months pregnant, and I could feel the little fetus in me, a hard little knot twirling around in my gut. It was so strange, but a good thing. And then suddenly it was gone.I think it was a dream in sympathy with a friend who just had a miscarriage.

Or does it mean something else?

Do other men ever dream they are pregnant? Men whose wives aren't pregnant, I mean, which I imagine is common... or is it?

The Swedish word for the day is gravid. It means pregnant.

16 comments:

Heather said...

Can't really comment with any concrete evidence since I'm not a man (although, having absolutely no desire to ever carry children myself, I do sometimes dream of being pregnant...but I assume that has more to do with my biological clock than anything else). Many of my male friends have told me they've had such dreams, though. Some have been completely out of the blue, others seem to happen after hearing something to do with babies on the news, and so on. My condolences for your friend, miscarriages are so sad.

And thanks for the Swedish word! From reading TV subtitles I'd come to assume that Swedes simply said "med barn" to mean pregnant. Of course I never researched this, having had no real reason to, but it's always interesting to learn new things about the language. :)

Jonas said...

Regarding the word,

As a native speaker I would say that "gravid" is slightly more formal and medically rooted than "med barn (with child)"; the latter being a more casual expression.

"på smällen (knocked up)" is even more casual.

bk7gh said...

Interesting! We also have this word "gravid" in English. It is formal though and means that something is "heavy".

Architect Valeria Maselli said...

We have the same word in italian as well.
"Gravidanza" means pregnancy and it's everyday language, while "gravido" means full (but in these days it's quite an elegant word nobody uses in common language). They all come from latin "gravis" meaning heavy.
I want to learn swedish!
Valeria

Anonymous said...

the swedish word for day is dag and "med barn" means with child... makes sense i guess lol

Ricardo E Fukushima said...

Gravid sounds like in Portuguese except for an "a", gravida

Ariella said...

I think it means you want to produce something new. Or perhaps you are ready for new change in your life. It could also signify that you have taken on more responsibility and feel a heavy load. On the other hand, it may mean that you are ready to create something with your husband (not necessarily a baby, but something you make together). I'm sure whatever 'baby' you give birth to, be it a blog or a dinner party, it will be gorgeous!

Blondinpappa said...

"Gravid" is less formal when used together with a noun.

En gravid kvinna steg på bussen (A pregnant woman got on the bus).

This would be the normal choice of words. You couldn't say "En kvinna med barn" here, since that would be interpreted as a woman with children.

Bro nikita said...

Happy birthday to the hubby.

Steph said...

I have a friend - who coincidentally is a OB/labor nurse - who has pregnant dreams just like that right before she finds out that someone close to her is pregnant. Or she used to have these dreams, before she had her own baby. I don't think she has them anymore.

I wonder - do you sort of wish you could have (or could have had) a baby? Do you feel a connection with your friend's miscarriage in that you feel like somehow you have lost something you almost had? I wonder about dreams, too.

Lindsay said...

Hiya... have really been enjoying your blog. I am an American (28F) living in Japan... so maybe I can relate to some of your experiences. I have recently started a love afair with Swedish music and Sweden in general and your stories are so very interesting to me. You seem to live such a romantic life. :) In Japanese we use these terms for pregnancy: "kodomo ga dekiru" which means literally to make a child... Or "onaka ga ookii" which means (she has) a big stomach. The word for baby is "akachan" and that translates as 'Little red one' haha. Please continue writing, and thank you for your lovely stories.

Alison said...

Gravid does mean 'pregnant' in English. Must all come from the Latin. When my friend was pregnant (here in Australia), giving birth for the first time (to twins, 21 years ago) at 34(?) they put on her chart that she was an "elderly primagravida"!

Fin Fika said...

when told "You're glowing!" upon my recent return from visiting my love in Stockholm all I could think to myself was, "NO SOUVENIRS!! NO SOUVENIRS! INTE GRAVID!"

psychic said...

I thinks of the words pregnant, and glowing, and healthy, all at one time. Kind of like a gestalt , if you know what I mean. Nice article all up.

learnswedish101 said...

thank you

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