The way we experience pregnancy sure has come a long way since our great grandmothers, grandmothers, and even mothers had babies. For one, the field of medicine has changed and we've made a slew of scientific and technological advances that altered how we treat pregnancy and childbirth. The status of women has also changed, as have the roles men play. So, the knowledge that we take for granted as pregnant ladies in the 2010s was unheard of in the old days, and the ways your great-grandma’s pregnancy was different than yours are pretty incredible when you really and truly look back and take stock on our collective, changed experiences.
Of course, there are likely some similarities between how your great-grandmother had babies and how you have (or will, if you’re pregnant right now) bring another human being into the world. The fetus still grows in the uterus, and the belly still expands to mind-boggling proportions. Morning sickness still hasn’t gone away. Cravings have likely always existed, though what we crave has probably changed. Then, of course, much of what may or may not be different will depend on where your great-grandmother was living when she gave birth. My tatarabuelas (great-grandmothers, in Spanish) lived in Nicaragua and Mexico, so their experiences aren’t paralleled to those of great-grandmothers who lived here in the United States.
All that said, some of these differences are more or less across the board no matter where you and your great-grandmum are from. While it's pretty awesome to be able to look back and say, "Hey, I experienced that, too!" it's also worthwhile to look at how things have evolved.