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Check out this incredible gallery of images taken by Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson over 12 years that shows the process of how a child is conceived and develops in the womb.
You will probably have never seen images like this before! Taken with conventional cameras with macro lenses, an endoscope and scanning electron microscope. Nilsson used a magnification of hundreds of thousands and “worked” right in the womb.
These two images show the two main "stars" of the gallery, a sperm in the Fallopian Tube and an egg.
Photo credits: India TV/ Lennart Nilsson
On the left, you have the sperm meeting an egg. Whether the sperm is the chosen one is the question.
The image on the right shows The fallopian tube, where the date is taking place.
The first image shows two different sperms reaching the egg, while the image on the left is that of the winning sperm.
This image depicts the moment a baby is formed.
After the sperm enters the egg in the first image, it eventually becomes a blastocyst.
5-6 days later, the blastocyst is formed and contains many more cells, and has entered the womb as shown in the other image.
Day 8.The human embryo has found a place to settle and is attached to a wall of the uterus.
We have brain development starting to happen here. It will eventually become the complex muscle that governs our every thought and action.
Four weeks in, the human heart starts to develop and beat.
Approximately 9mm at 5 weeks, the face with holes for eyes, nostrils and mouth, is distinguishable.
10 days later, embryonic cells form the placenta.This organ connects the embryo to the uterine wall allowing nutrient uptake, waste elimination and gas exchange via the woman’s blood supply.
A foetal sac protects the rapidly growing embryo.
Two weeks later, eyelids are present, and are semi-shut. These eyelids will close completely in a few days.
At 16 weeks, the hands are formed, and the foetus uses them to explore own body and surroundings.
The skeleton at this point consists mainly of flexible cartilage. A network of blood vessels is visible through the thin skin.
At 18 weeks of age, the foetus can perceive sound from outside, and has grown to around 14cm.
At 19 weeks, the hands will have grown until they look like they do in the image on the right, and you will start to feel movement.
At 20 weeks. The foetus would have grown to approximately 20 cm. The head will start to grow woolly hair, known as lanugo.
At 24 weeks, the baby's brain is growing rapidly with tastebuds being fully developed, and the footprints and fingerprints continuing to form.
At 26 weeks, the baby will be inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs.
At 6 months, the little human is getting ready to leave the uterus. It turns upside down because it will be easier to get out this way.
Week 36. Four more weeks and the baby will be born.
Witness the contrast from when it is just a sperm and an egg to the baby at 36 weeks.
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