We all know how conception happens, and the various steps of it. However, a picture is worth more than a thousand words, and that is exactly why photographer Lennart Nilsson spent 10 years recording the growth of the human embryo. Thanks to him, we have incredible and unique images of how a child is born: from conception to birth.
Lennart Nilsson became known in 1965, when LIFE magazine published 16 unique pages of his photographs of human embryos. The images were a success, and other publications quickly reproduced them. From a young age, the man was passionate about cameras and microscopes. As he grew older, he gained a new obsession: to show human beauty on a micro level. His first pictures of a fetus were made in 1957, but the quality was not yet worthy of being shown to the world.
The photographer has obtained accurate images with the help of a cystoscope – a medical instrument that is used to examine the interior of the bladder. He added a camera and a small light to that object – that’s how he captured thousands of embryo pictures in a mother’s womb.
Nilsson did something wonderful and never seen before: people could observe with their own eyes the conception of human life!
How is a child born?
1.Here we can see the sperm moving in the fallopian tube toward the ovum.
2. The ovum.
3. The great moment.
4. Finally, 1 of the father’s 200 million sperm penetrates the egg’s membrane.
5.The sperm’s head has all the genetic material.
6. A week later, the embryo goes toward the uterus, floating through the fallopian tube.
7. After another week, the embryo attaches to the wall of the uterus.
8. This is the embryo at 22 days. The gray area will be the child’s brain.
9. On the 18th day of development, the heart of the fetus begins to beat.
10. 28 days after fertilization.
11. At 5 weeks, the fetus has 9 millimeters of length. At that time, it’s already possible to see the face with openings to the mouth, nostrils and eyes.
12. At 40 days of development, the external cells of the fetus attach to the loose surface of the wall of the uterus forming the placenta.
13. Embryo with 8 weeks of development.
14. Fetus with 10 weeks. The eyelids are already half open, and in a few days they will be fully formed.
15. At 10 weeks, the fetus already uses its hands to analyze the environment around it.
16. Fetus at 16 weeks.
17. We can already see the blood vessels through the skin.
18. At 18 weeks, the fetus can now detect sounds from the outside world.
19. Embryo with 19 weeks.
20. The 20-week-old fetus is already 20 centimeters long. At this stage, the hair begins to appear.
21. Fetus with 24 weeks.
22. At 6 months.
23. Image of the 36 weeks. In a month, the baby will be in the mother’s arms.
Nilsson’s photographs were so successful that he published the book called A Child is Born in 1965. It sold out in a few days and has been reprinted many times, making it one of the most popular photography works ever. Lennart Nillson passed away on January 28, 2017, at the impressive age of 94.
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Source: Bastante Interessante