22 Stunning Pictures Depict The Stages Of A Baby Developing Before It Is Born

22 Stunning Pictures Depict The Stages Of A Baby Developing Before It Is Born

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.

Initial Attraction

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.

Day 28

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.

Movement Starts

This period of time is known as the quickening and it is when the baby moves as well as the hands.

Week 16

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.

Week 18

Around week 18, the baby can start to hear sounds from outside the womb.

19 weeks

See here how the baby has fingernails, and it is also developing eyebrows and hair.

20 Weeks

The baby is about 20 cm long, and it has wooly hair known as lanugo on the entire head.

24 Weeks

The growing child is now shifting development to the brain.

26 Weeks

The baby looks fully formed and almost ready to meet the world.


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