Life in the Womb
Contact Embryoscopy Photos
These pictures give you a window to the womb - a view of the child inside his mother. In the world, yet hidden from the world for the first nine months of life.
This is what you and I looked like during our first 9 months. Consider it a photo album of the early stages of your life and your baby's.
See also: photos from our Fetal Development Demonstration on campus.
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At the moment of conception, the baby, scientifically termed a blastocyst at this stage — or more generally, an embryo — has its own 46 chromosomes. This new human individual needs nothing more than shelter and nourishment to grow and develop as a normal human being - the same things that newborns, adolescents, and adults need to survive and develop.
Seven Weeks from Conception
By seven weeks, the lips are sensitive to touch. The baby's mother is about to miss her second period.
Eight Weeks from Conception
The kidneys begin to function, and taste buds are forming. He/she can feel pain and respond to touch.
Eleven Weeks from Conception
Muscle movements are becoming more coordinated.
Twelve Weeks from Conception
The baby can kick, turn feet, curl his/her toes, make a fist, open the mouth.
The baby practices breathing.
Fourteen Weeks from Conception
Sex organs are apparent. The growth of the head slows down and the rest of the body catches up.
Fine hair grows on the head.
He/she now occupies all the room in the mother's pelvis, and the body curves to follow the uterine cavity.
The face could melt your heart. :-)
Twenty Weeks from Conception
The mother definitely feels the baby moving by now, as he/she makes crawling movements and does somersaults.
The mother will also feel the baby's hiccups.
All images provided courtesy of Life Issues Institute, and copyright Life Issues Institute. Sources for fetal development: www.justthefacts.org; "Milestones of Early Life" by Heritage House '76, Inc.; Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Willke.