Whether you're currently pregnant or never plan on having kids, you have to admit that the miracle of childbirth is fascinating.
Now of course every pregnancy is different, and not all carry to full term for various reasons, not to mention the many different ways that delivery can go down, but most follow a general schedule. So, put down What to Expect When You're Expecting and watch the Cliffs Notes version here with Glamour's nine-months-of-pregnancy-in-two-minutes video.
First is obviously conception, when the embryo implants. As the hormone hCG increases, dreaded "morning sickness" kicks in. Breast tenderness, sensitivity to smells, larger, darker nipples, and a "pregnancy glow" are all hallmarks of the first trimester (first three months of pregnancy).
The second trimester is a bit more fun, with decreased hCG giving you energy back. Caution: You can definitely feel sexier, more energetic, and blood flow may even improve orgasms. Your hair and nails can even get thicker due to an increase in estrogen. Score. Though, this is also the time in your pregnancy where you'll feel a bit clumsy and start getting weird cravings. You may also experience carpal tunnel, acid reflux, and sciatica—guess it can't all be sunshine and daisies.
By the time your eighth month rolls around, expect to get up in the middle of the night to pee a lot as your uterus pushes on your bladder. There will also be pressure on your lower abdomen as you prepare for delivery. Labor is, perhaps, the hardest part of it all. Some experience hot flashes, chills, and nausea when delivering vaginally. Birth stories vary widely, so choose your own adventure from here on out. Because the next step? Well, that's welcoming your little bundle(s) of joy. And that's where the real work begins.