When Russian documentary photographer Jana Romanova’s friends started getting married and having children, she found herself grappling with the sudden change in her own life. In response, she embarked on a remarkable project that resulted in an extraordinary and intimate portrait series titled “Waiting,” featuring young sleeping pregnant couples.
It is fascinating to observe the diverse sleeping positions adopted by these women and men. Generally, it is recommended for pregnant women to sleep on their side, and almost all the women in the series of 40 couples (for 40 weeks) adhere to this recommendation. Surprisingly, many of the men also seem to naturally follow suit, even though it is not necessary for them to do so.
Moreover, what is particularly captivating is the presence of several photographs capturing the fathers-to-be unknowingly placing their hands on the women’s bellies. Even in their sleep, they instinctively offer a protective gesture.
Romanova is currently raising funds to publish a book showcasing the collection of “Waiting.” You can pre-order the book to support her project.
The sleeping position of pregnant women is a topic worth pondering over the significant sacrifices they make during this special period. Throughout pregnancy, women face many physical and emotional changes, creating challenges that make choosing a sleeping position more important than ever.
The right sleeping position not only affects the comfort of the mother, but also ensures the safety of the fetus. Many pregnant women have to wake up several times a night to go to the bathroom or relieve back and pillow pain. They may choose to lie on their side to reduce pressure on the cervix and improve blood circulation. This requires patience and perseverance.
Reflecting on the sleeping positions of pregnant women is a way for us to appreciate and appreciate their efforts and sacrifices in childbirth. While we may not fully understand all the difficulties they face, care and respect helps to share the burden and make them feel cared for.
We need to understand and cherish pregnant women who make sacrifices and make difficult decisions to protect the development and health of their unborn baby. This understanding and respect will help build a supportive and sincere environment for pregnant women, helping them to pass this important time peacefully and happily.