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How Human Life Grows: From Conception to Birth

Baby Development In uterus

Lennart Nilsson spent 12 years of his life to perfectly demonstrate how foetus develops and life grows. His work was published in 1965 in LIFE titled ‘Drama of Life Before Birth’- this issue became so popular that it was sold out instantly. It immediately gained traction and was also published in some of the most renowned newspapers and magazines existed then.  These pictures, still, contain power in them to garner immediate attention of the reader.

In fact, all but one photograph is a real fetus which had to be removed. Nilsson had stuck a special deal with the hospital to photograph it so as to include the pictures in his breath-taking saga. He went to the hospital and in a dedicated room with lights and lenses, Nillson managed to take the foetus’ picture as if it was floating in the amniotic sac still.

Are you ready to witness the amazing process of conception and growth of human life ?

The Sperm moves along the fallopian tube towards the egg.




Sperm approaches the egg. Even though only one is shown there are millions who makes it way towards the egg.


The lucky one penetrates the egg.


The head contains all the genetic material.


After a week, Embryo moves through fallopian tube to get attached to the womb.


After 2 weeks, The embryo attaches to the wall of the uterus.


Embryo after 22 days. The gray part is the baby’s brain.


By18th day, the heart begins to beat.


28 days after fertilisation.


After 5 weeks, you can see the opening of eyes, nostrils and mouth.


After 40 days, foetus starts to get attached to the placenta.


At 8 weeks of development.


At 10 weeks, the eyelids are already half open and will develop fully within a few days.


16 weeks. Baby starts using his hands for exploration.


The blood vessels form but the skin is still premature and therefore you can see them clearly.


18 weeks. Baby can hear the outside sounds. He develops an instant connection with his mother’s voice.


19 weeks.


20 weeks. Hair formation starts.


24 weeks


6 months.


Full term. It’s time to meet your little Alien!



Nilsson’s book, ’A Child is Born’, was published in 1965. It sold out in just a few days and has been republished many times, becoming one of the most popular photography books of all time. Nilsson died this year in January, but clearly his work and name will forever remain in this world.

How amazed do you feel after going through these pictures. Tell us in the Comments Section below:

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  • Reply Nouhaila 11/05/2017 at 11:25 pm

    The universe is so well made!! Love the article!!

  • Reply Sally (Flying Food Ninja) 11/05/2017 at 11:28 pm

    This post is incredible and so eyeopening. How did you get the photos? Wow!

    • Reply admin 11/05/2017 at 11:30 pm

      These photos are taken by Lenart Nilsson

  • Reply arita m 11/05/2017 at 11:41 pm

    I’m 7 months pregnant and this was soooo beautifully put ,thank you for sharing this I have tears in my eyes <3

  • Reply Ngumabi 11/05/2017 at 11:45 pm

    Wow, life in pictures
    It is so nice to see the development of life a story.

  • Reply Hena Jose 11/05/2017 at 11:55 pm

    wow. its amazing to see the development stages.

  • Reply Evelyn Reese 12/05/2017 at 1:28 am

    That was the most vivid example of human life development from conception thru birth that I have ever seen. Wonderful.

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