The mystery of life has been brought to life thanks to the wonders of modern technology. From the first stages of conception to the development of the embryo into a fetus and eventually a person, these amazing images depict the details of life beautifully. Swedish photographer, Lennart Nilsson (1922 – 2017) captured these moments stunningly.
The initial stage of conception
This picture captures in vivid detail a sperm swimming through the fallopian tubes to reach an egg.
Spermatozoon swimming towards egg swiftly in the fallopian tube
The egg is about 16 times bigger than a sperm cell, which fuse together in the process of fertilization.
This image depicts the moment where a sperm first meets an egg.
Entering the Egg Cell
This is the initial stage of the almost 9-month process of a human being developing in the womb. Out of the millions of sperm that are released, one eventually fuses with an egg to start the process of life.
Up Close and Personal With a spermatozoon
All of the genetic material is in the head of the sperm, while the tail is what propels it in its fertilization journey.
First Picture of the Baby
After about a week, the fertilized egg cell moves from the fallopian tube into the uterus.
This stage of development is crucial. It is when the egg implants into the uterine wall.
Day 22 of an Embryo
The grey area eventually turns into a skull and brain
The Heart Beating on Day 18
On about day 18, the heart develops and starts beating.
On about day 28 a fetus might look like this, with a clear spinal cord.
What a Face Looks Like During Development
Around day 40, the placenta starts to form. The placenta has everything the baby needs for the next 9 months of development.
Baby Forming In The Womb
This cute embryo is starting to shape together to look more like a healthy baby.
The 10th Week
Here we can see the eyes forming as well as fingers. During the tenth week, the eyelids form, and the eyes will open.
This period of time is known as the quickening and it is when the baby moves as well as the hands.
This is the time where the shape of a baby is fully formed and is now continuing to grow larger.
The Nervous System Developing
The skin in the developing fetus is translucent and you can see the blood vessels forming.
Around week 18, the baby can start to hear sounds from outside the womb.
See here how the baby has fingernails, and it is also developing eyebrows and hair.
The baby is about 20 cm long, and it has wooly hair known as lanugo on the entire head.
The growing child is now shifting development to the brain.
The baby looks fully formed and almost ready to meet the world.