There are a number of reasons I’m glad to have given birth to my first child at this point in history, including the fact that yoga pants are widely accepted as pants, the entire Harry Potter series had already been released and is there for me to reread, and text messaging is an everyday thing. I loved sending and receiving text messages during pregnancy just as much as I love sending and receiving them now, perhaps even more so because they usually didn’t require me to move from the couch or lift my head too much.
Really, I feel strongly that texting is the most effective communication tool available for anyone gestating and/or caring for a baby. Can you imagine what our moms and our moms’ moms had to do to stay in touch with one another when they were in the same shoes? I mean, phone calls? In-person visits? That all sounds like a nightmare wherein I'm actually forced to put on pants and talk to actual human beings. I don't know how they managed.
The first trimester in particular is fraught with emotions and new side effects to manage, so being able to rely on a short, sweet, cryptic form of communication is especially helpful. For example, since I chose not to tell anyone about my pregnancy during my first trimester, texting was crucial; No one was able to guess my condition over text, as opposed to real life, where I had two different people pick up on it from my shifty in-person behavior (“No, uh, these nausea-preventing wristbands are just for...style. I love how they look.”) Basically, during your first trimester, you're going through a lot, both physically and emotionally, and you have very little interest in actually getting up and hanging out with people, so you end up texting people — especially your best friend — a lot. Here's just a small sampling of the plethora of messages we all send during those first weeks: