22 Mesmerizing Photos Depicting The Stages Of Development Before A Baby Is Born

Modern technology helps understand the essence of life. We got the chance to witness the greatest miracle of life – birth. Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson (1922-2017) captured each stage of pregnancy from conception to the full development of the embryo into the fetus.

Conception

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

In this picture you can see the sperm making its way through the fallopian tubes to reach the egg. Sperm can “survive” up to three days, and can reach an egg within half an hour. It takes up to a day for a slow moving sperm to reach an egg. Men release up to 40 million sperm cells.

Spermatozoon floating towards an egg

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

Eggs are 16 times larger than sperm cells.

“Love at first sight”

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

 

This image shows the very first moment a sperm approaches an egg.

Entering the egg

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

 

This is the very first stage of the 9-month development of embryos. One sperm enters the egg and initiates the process of life.

The Meeting

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

The sperm carries the genetic material in the head, and the tail pushes it through the fertilization process.

First pic of the embryo

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

After 7 days, the fertilized egg travels from the fallopian tube to the uterus.

Implantation

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

This is one of the most important elements of the development. The fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall.

Day 22

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

 

The grey area will develop into a skull and brain.

Day 18 – The first heartbeat

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

 

Baby’s heart develops and start beating on day 18.

Day 28

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

 

The fetus looks like this, and the spinal cord is clear.

Baby’s face

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

 

The fetus starts developing a face, and the first photo looks like this.

Day 40

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

 

 

The placenta forms at day 40. It is important for the baby’s development.

The baby forms in the womb

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

 

The embryo starts looking like a baby.

Week 10

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

 

The embryo has eyes, fingers, and eyelids. The eyes finally open. Cute, right?

First movement

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

 

This phase is known as the quickening. The baby moves for the first time.

Week 16

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

 

 

The baby is fully formed and larger.

The nervous system develops

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

 

The baby’s skin is translucent and the blood vessels form.

Week 18

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

 

 

The baby can hear you.

Week 19

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

 

The baby has fingernails, eyebrows and hair.

Week 20

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

 

The embryo is 20cm long, and has “hair” (lanugo) on the head.

Week 24

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

 

The brain is even more developed and the baby grows.

Week 26

Picture: Lennart Nilsson

The baby is formed and almost ready to “go out.”

Source: inspiretochange.org

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