How a child develops: the photographer showed the magical process of the birth of a new life (23 photos)

14 January 2024

The birth of a person into the world is a real miracle, which is not Even modern science ceases to admire. Scientists around the world We are constantly studying this process, trying to learn as much as possible about it. new details. Fortunately, innovative technologies make this possible. do.

However, back in the 1950s, a Swedish photographer and part-time scientist Lennart Nilsson did the truly impossible. He managed to film the evolution of the embryo from conception to birth and obtain These are informative and extremely interesting pictures. How did he manage to do this, and in such a low-tech period? Of course, Lennart did it not all at once. He experimented with different techniques, used macro lenses. However, he was able to get the best result by adapting a microcamera and a microilluminator at the end of the cystoscope tube. Without breaking process of fetal development, the photographer captured all the stages that occur in the womb of a woman during pregnancy.

The photographer spent ten years to get the most good pictures. In 1965, they were published by LIFE magazine (a very popular then in the USA), thanks to which Lennart Nilsson gained a grandiose popularity. Nilsson has created something truly wonderful. Thanks to him people for the first time were able to see with their own eyes the origin and early development human life.

The sperm moves down the fallopian tube to the egg

This is what an egg looks like

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Fateful meeting

In 1965, Lennart Nilsson published an illustrated book entitled “The Child is Born,” which included not only photographs developing embryos, but also texts from doctors, as well as advice on prenatal help. Subsequently, the photographer published several more books. Already been in them The emphasis is primarily on photography.

The sperm breaks through the membrane of the egg and flows into it

A week later, a blastocyst appears - a ball of embryonic cells arising from a fertilized egg.

The embryo moves into the uterus and is fixed.

8 days

The embryo attaches to the lining of the uterus.

22 days

The development process begins. The gray area will become the child's brain.

24 days

The embryo develops a primitive heart. He already has two chambers (ventricles). The heart plays a major role in the development process embryo, because it is responsible for blood circulation, which distributes nutrients and oxygen to all small developing organs.

4 weeks

The dimensions of the embryo are about 7 millimeters. Now he has a body with a head and a tail.

5 weeks

At five weeks, the embryo grows to 9 millimeters. Him something like a face appears, in which holes for future mouth, nose and eyes.

6 weeks

The dimensions of the embryo are about 20 millimeters.

7 weeks

The body continues to grow. What once resembled an embryo any primitive mammal, now begins to look like miniature human being. The bones of the skull are not yet very dense, therefore the brain is visible through the thin cartilage. In the forehead area two large bubble structures that will soon become the brain.

8 weeks

The fruit at this stage is about 30 millimeters long and weighs about 8 grams. The heart, arms, head and legs are developed.

9 weeksspruce

The fetus becomes more and more human-like. In places fusion of the skull bones produces a large number of blood vessels vessels.

12-13 weeks

To the left of the fetus is the yolk sac, which provides nutrition to the embryo until the placenta is completely will be formed.

13 weeks

The fast-growing embryo is reliably protected in the mother's womb.

16 weeks

A network of blood vessels is visible through the thin skin. Fetus begins to use his hands to explore his body and surroundings Wednesday.

18 weeks

The fruit measures approximately 14 centimeters. Now he can perceive sounds from the outside world

20 weeks

Hair begins to cover the head and body.

23 weeks

26 weeks

At this stage of development, the size of the fetus is about 30 centimeters.

36 weeks

Very soon the baby will be ready to be born.

Lennart Nilsson made great contributions to science. He could to combine medicine and creativity, which in the future made it possible to open new horizons in photography.

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