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!
The initial stage of conception
The sperm is moving towards the egg through the fallopian tube.
Spermatozoon swam swiftly towards egg via fallopian tube
The egg with which the sperm will fuse.
The moment when the sperm meets the egg. A very crucial stage.
One out of many sperms is chosen to fuse with the egg.
A close picture of a spermatozoon
The head of the spermatozoon has all the genetic material.
Baby In Womb
It takes a week for the embryo to move from the fallopian tube to the womb. And the childbirth starts here.
A week has passed and the embryo is attached to the womb’s wall. This stage is crucial for the baby to be born.
A 22 days old embryo looks like this. The grey area later develops into a brain.
Beating heart on day 18
The heart of the child being born develops on the 18th day.
This is how a fetus looks after 28 days of fertilization.
The face starts developing
After 5 weeks the fetus is about 9 millimeter in size and starts developing the crevices of the face.
The placenta starts forming at around day 40.
Adorable life forming inside continues to grow
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.
The eyelids finally open during the 10th week and slowly, the eyes are formed.
The hands start moving slowly
The fetus understands the womb using the fingers.
The form of the baby is visible.
You can be able to visualize the blood vessels of the baby under the translucent skin.
On the 18th week, the fetus can start detecting the sound coming from the outside environment.
The fetus now has nails eyebrows and hair
Approximately 20cm. Woolly hair, known as lanugo, covers the entire head.
Brain development phase