Although most women don't experience their water voluntarily breaking, those that do are quick to describe the experience as unforgettable. I'm one of those women, and like most women who have experienced their water rupturing before me, I may have panicked just a little. When I think about the women of days past, and how their waters probably broke while they were shucking corn in a field, I must admit that I feel like a wimp. For example, the texts every woman sends her partner when her water breaks are a much needed life line when they realize that they're going into labor; a lifeline that so many women didn't really have until recently. In other words, we're #blessed.
The technological advances we all too often take for granted, allow a pregnant woman to communicate with her entire family when her water breaks. She's able to keep everyone updated with just the swipe of a key, and for me, this was a huge relief since my water broke inside a Target while I was alone. Those women out in the corn field logging hours of physical labor while nine months pregnant got the short end of the stick in my opinion, but I bow all the way down to their strength and fortitude. Seriously, those ladies were some damn warriors, because I would have lost my sh*t if I couldn't communicate with my partner when my water broke.
I'll never forget what it felt like when my water broke. It was like a tiny water balloon had popped inside me, and like I was peeing in my pants in a very public place and at a very alarming rate. I didn't know it at the time, but I was going to have to be induced because my contractions never came, so I went into birthing mode and prepared to deliver my baby on the side of the road on my way to the hospital. The texts I sent my partner at that time are both hilarious and ridiculous, and they tell the story of a woman who was afraid and excited and determined in the hours before she became a mother for the very first time.