Pregnancy is a beautiful process. Even before a woman finds out she is pregnant, there are incredible changes taking place in her womb. Swedish Photographer spent his 12 years in capturing the journey of a sperm, that later fertilizes the egg cell and the entire process of embryo development till the birth miraculously.
These implausible photographs are taken with the conventional cameras that had macro lenses, an endoscope and scanning electron microscope. He started this amazing work journey in 1965 when he captured first photo of human fetus. Mr. Nilson magnified the images right in the womb by hundreds and thousands.
These mesmerizing pictures below are just more inexplicable than we could even imagine:
- Millions of sperm entering the vagina and swim towards the opening of the cervix
- Magnified Image of Sperm in the Fallopian Tube
- The Egg Cell with the Sperms around
- Sperm approaching an Egg Cell
- Fallopian Tube
- Sperms trying to Fertilize the Egg
- The Sperm who won the battle
- The moment of Fertilization
- In 5-6 days, the clump has developed into a blastocyst, containing many more cells, and has entered the womb.
- In 8 days the embryo is attached to a wall of the uterus
- Human brain has now started to develop
- In 24 days the one-month-old embryo has no skeleton yet, there is only a heart.
- At 4 weeks
- At 5 weeks, the embryo is approximately 9 mm. The face is now distinguishable with holes for eyes, nostrils, and mouth.
- At 6 weeks
- At 40 days. Embryonic cells have formed the placenta, which connects the embryo to the uterine wall allowing nutrient uptake, waste elimination, and gas exchange via the mother’s blood supply.
- At 8 weeks, the rapidly growing embryo is well-protected in the embryonic sac.
- At 10 weeks. The eyelids are semi-shut, and will close completely in a few days.
- At 16 weeks. The fetus uses its hands to explore its own body and its surroundings.
- The skeleton at this stage consists mainly of flexible cartilage. You can clearly see a network of blood vessels through the thin skin.
- At 18 weeks. The fetus is approximately 14 cm and can now perceive sounds from the outside world.
- At 19 weeks.
- At 20 weeks. The foetus is approximately 20 cm. You will be able to see woolly hair, known as lanugo, covering the entire head.
- At 24 weeks.
- At 26 weeks.
- At 6 months.The baby is now preparing to leave the uterus. It turns upside down because it will be easier to get out this way.
- At 36 weeks. The baby should be ready to see the world in 4 weeks.
- Last 4 weeks in the womb
Image Source: lennartnilsson.com/child_is_born
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