In pictures: a baby in the making
Journey of the sperm to the egg. Fertilization is about to occur.
First weeks. No human features yet, it could be any mammal ...
At eight weeks gestation, this fetus is able to kick and straighten his legs, turn them round and move his arms up and down.
The fetus gently moves inside the womb. He can move his arms and legs with a range of movements that are fluid and supple.
The baby is now capable of fine hand and finger movements. In a short space of time this baby scratches, rubs and pats his cheek before doing the same to his nose. You are now able to see the silhouette and extremities a bit better.
Around the sixth month the fetus is almost fully formed.
Latest stages of pregnancy. His five senses are active know.
7 month. His brain and spinal cord are fully developed. His little heart, a muscle mass that begins to beat spontaneously is also complete.
Last pregnancy days. The baby dreams.
Here's an image using pioneering medical imaging technology, called 4-D ultrasound. This advanced technology is capable of showing the fetus as it sucks its thumb, blinks, yawns, smiles, and moves in real time inside the womb.
Ready to come out.
The baby is fully developed, pregnancy is coming to an end...