Exceptionally attractive images taken during delivery has gotten to the Internet with photos of how the human body can resize itself to its circumstances – in this case literally.
The images reveal how the vaginal delivery process can mold a baby’s head into a funny cone shape. This is a normal occurrence at birth, but these images of a baby boy named Graham were a bit more extreme and catches attention.
Photographer Kayla Reeder captured the moment on Valentine’s Day morning, when her phone rang that the mother, Nikki, had gone into labor. Pushing took about one hour as the boy was a tad sideways in the birth canal, but otherwise Nikki had a smooth delivery.
“The molding on Graham’s head was a little bit abnormal because of his position,” Reeder told IFLScience. “His head was tilted a bit to the side so the molding isn’t centered and it caused his mama to push for a bit longer than if he would have been in a better position. Immediately after delivery the molding went down and wow! after some days he had a perfectly shaped head.”
So what could be the cause of this?
Newborns do not have fully formed skulls at birth, instead they have plates joined together by fibrous material called sutures. These sutures allow the bones to move during birth and help the baby go through the narrow birth canal.
More so, babies have a couple of soft areas on their heads, where the skull bones haven’t fused together. These soft regions, called fontanels, also easily enable the baby’s head through the birth canal.
Since the baby’s skull is incredibly malleable, resting its head in the same position can lead to a rough head shape, called positional plagiocephaly. Minor molding is regarded a cosmetic issue more than anything, as flat spots on the back of the head don’t result to brain damage or abnormal growth.
In this case, baby Graham’s head formed back into a normal shape – truly showing the incredible wonders of the human body.
But it’s not just the baby that changes shape. Check out how the mother’s organs contributes to this by literally shifting during pregnancy to accommodate her growing child.