As you can imagine, texts a pregnant woman sends during her birthing class, like other texts sent during pregnancy, can be a crystal-clear snapshot into that woman's psyche. Most people think of birthing class as a soothing place to sit on the floor and practice breathing. That's...not exactly what it was like for me. For me, childbirth class was when reality struck and when I started to really picture, like, in full detail, the labor experience ahead ahead of me. It was actually fairly traumatic (granted, I think my experience was pretty unique), and I went through a crazy spectrum of emotions while sitting in a hospital conference room with a half-dozen other pregnant ladies and their partners. Maybe because I was even more sleep-deprived than usual (because who requires pregnant women to be somewhere at 8 a.m. on a Saturday?), but the whole thing made me feel very fragile.
My partner was with me the entire time (what a gem), but had he not been, I would have been glued to my phone giving him thorough and descriptive text updates about birthing class and its intensity. I barely used my phone during that time, though I can only imagine what they would have looked like if I had: