Stunning Images Show The Stages of Human Life Forming Until a Child is Born


Swedish photographer, Lennart Nilsson (1922 – 2017) was a science enthusiast whose passion for photography led him into doing something amazing using a cystoscope.

In 1965, LIFE magazine published some of his amazing photos on the process of how a baby is conceived. The first photos he took in 1957 were in black and white and not clear enough, but he repeated the same process again in 1965 and it produced images so amazing photos that we couldn’t resist sharing with you.

Scroll down to witness the beauty of life being created!

  1. The initial stage of conception

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    The sperm is moving towards the egg through the fallopian tube.

  2. Spermatozoon swam swiftly towards egg via fallopian tube

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    The egg with which the sperm will fuse.

  3. The Attraction

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    The moment when the sperm meets the egg. A very crucial stage.

  4. The Entrance

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    One out of many sperms is chosen to fuse with the egg.

  5. A close picture of a spermatozoon

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    The head of the spermatozoon has all the genetic material.

  6. Baby In Womb

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    It takes a week for the embryo to move from the fallopian tube to the womb. And the childbirth starts here.

  7. Implantation

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    A week has passed and the embryo is attached to the womb’s wall. This stage is crucial for the baby to be born.

  8. Day 22

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    A 22 days old embryo looks like this. The grey area later develops into a brain.

  9. Beating heart on day 18

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    The heart of the child being born develops on the 18th day.

  10. Day 28

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    This is how a fetus looks after 28 days of fertilization.

  11. The face starts developing

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    After 5 weeks the fetus is about 9 millimeter in size and starts developing the crevices of the face.

  12. Day 40

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    The placenta starts forming at around day 40.

  13. Adorable life forming inside continues to grow

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    8 weeks have passed and every initial stage has been crossed. Here is how the child looks when it’s just an 8 weeks old embryo.

  14. 10th Week

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    The eyelids finally open during the 10th week and slowly, the eyes are formed.

  15. The hands start moving slowly

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    The fetus understands the womb using the fingers.

  16. Week 16

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    The form of the baby is visible.

  17. Developed nerves

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    You can be able to visualize the blood vessels of the baby under the translucent skin.

  18. Week 18

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    On the 18th week, the fetus can start detecting the sound coming from the outside environment.

  19. 19 weeks

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    The fetus now has nails eyebrows and hair

  20. 20 weeks

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    Approximately 20cm. Woolly hair, known as lanugo, covers the entire head.

  21. 24 weeks

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    Brain development phase

  22. 26 weeks

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