Pregnant couples sleep differently. Not only is a woman instructed not to sleep on her back, she’s forced to negotiate aching, snoring, indigestion, gratuitous breasts, and a giant belly. And as a man in bed, you’re constantly aware of that belly—so you don’t fight for covers as much, and you’re always careful when you flip. You sleep so much worse and more clumsily, but also so much more tenderly than ever before.
It’s a feeling captured by Jana Romanova’s photo series Waiting, in which she stayed overnight with young pregnant couples across Russia, just to sneak in their bedrooms around dawn.