We all know how pregnancy takes place. But we all have this desire to see and know what happens in the mother’s ᴡᴏᴍʙ and to follow the different stages of the development of the fetus, from the fertilization of the egg by the sperm until the moment of childbirth. Here are 10 breathtaking images illustrating the beginnings of human life to satisfy your curiosity and teach you about this mysterious life that takes place in a woman’s ᴡᴏᴍʙ.
Images illustrating life development before birth
1 – After 4 days of fertilization
Even if the picture does not really give the impression, what you see is the very first form of a human being. In addition, at this stage, the embryo already has its own genetic heritage that will influence its development throughout pregnancy and accompany it for life. The sex of the unborn baby is also determined. In addition to showing us one of the first stages of human development, this image also reminds us that we should never reject someone just because they are “different.”
2 – At 5 or 6 weeks of pregnancy
Measuring just 10–14mm, the nose, mouth, and ears are beginning to take shape. Cardiac activity is also noticeable, with between 110 and 160 beats per minute (nearly double the average number of beats for an adult), and blood begins to circulate in the small body. Brain waves were also detected earlier!
3 – At 7 weeks of pregnancy
4 – At around 10 weeks of pregnancy
All the major organs of the body are operational: the kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver are all functional. His arms and legs also begin to curve into their natural shapes.
5 – At 12 weeks of pregnancy
At this stage of pregnancy, the muscles of the fetus begin to thicken, and so the baby will begin to stretch and kick mommy here and there. Although she may not feel the baby move, he begins to develop his reflexes and squirm when his mother puts her hand on his belly.
6 – At 16 weeks of pregnancy
This week, the baby is going through a growth spurt. He will soon start to have hair, and his toenails will also grow. His eyes begin to move under his lids, and he takes the umbilical cord as a toy, grabbing, pulling, and then pushing it back.
7 – Baby sucks his thumb between 18 and 20 weeks of pregnancy
In addition to being able to put his thumb in his mouth and suck it, the baby now has his own footprints.
8 – At 6 months of pregnancy
At this stage of pregnancy, the baby is able to react to external stimuli such as sounds, caresses, and light effects. He will therefore move, kick, or increase his heart rate to tell you that he is there! Also, while drinking the amniotic fluid, he often hiccups, and Mom feels his jerks.
9 – Around 7 months of pregnancy
10 – After 8 months of pregnancy
Baby is almost ready to come into the world. He hears and recognizes the voice of his parents, and his skin is all pink. He’s also starting to have that chubby appearance that all newborns have. Moreover, this fat that he accumulates under his skin is extremely beneficial for him, as it helps him regulate his temperature after birth.