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.
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
Eggs are 16 times larger than sperm cells.
“Love at first sight”
This image shows the very first moment a sperm approaches an egg.
Entering the egg
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 sperm carries the genetic material in the head, and the tail pushes it through the fertilization process.
First pic of the embryo
After 7 days, the fertilized egg travels from the fallopian tube to the uterus.
This is one of the most important elements of the development. The fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall.
The grey area will develop into a skull and brain.
Day 18 – The first heartbeat
Baby’s heart develops and start beating on day 18.
The fetus looks like this, and the spinal cord is clear.
The fetus starts developing a face, and the first photo looks like this.
The placenta forms at day 40. It is important for the baby’s development.
The baby forms in the womb
The embryo starts looking like a baby.
The embryo has eyes, fingers, and eyelids. The eyes finally open. Cute, right?
This phase is known as the quickening. The baby moves for the first time.
The baby is fully formed and larger.
The nervous system develops
The baby’s skin is translucent and the blood vessels form.
The baby can hear you.
The baby has fingernails, eyebrows and hair.
The embryo is 20cm long, and has “hair” (lanugo) on the head.
The brain is even more developed and the baby grows.
The baby is formed and almost ready to “go out.”