My doula posted this pretty cool video on her Facebook the other day.
I remember when I was pregnant the first time around, I used to get those Baby Centre updates telling me all about my progress week by week. It was all fun to read about and all, stuff like "This week your baby is the size of a walnut" or "This week baby will open it's eyes for the first time", but I remember thinking I wanted more. I wanted to know exactly what was going on in there, not just how I was feeling or reading descriptions. Usually they would include a little diagram of the baby's development, but it just wasn't the same.
Then about halfway through my pregnancy, maybe longer, I found A Child is Born by Lennart Nilsson and Lars Hamberger. What a cool book. It had everything I wanted to know about the development of my baby, from egg and sperm all the way to full term fetus, including the most amazing real pictures of the developing child at all different stages.
The book and the images are not in fact a new thing. I had one of Lennart Nilsson's books when I was a child, I think it was called Being Born, and it had many of the images found in A Child is Born. He has been taking groundbreaking medical photos since the 1940's. What I like about the newest version is it also has descriptions and information about the biology of what is going one, from before conception all the way to after the birth of the child.
I loved being able to see 'inside' and know what was going on in there, week by week, and not just through Baby Centre updates.
This book is a must have I think for any expecting parents. But the video I posted does a pretty good job too of letting you in on what is happening.