Devan McGuinness

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers who are changing the world," Devan's a regular contributor to The Huffington Post Canada, Disney's Babble.com, and other places around the web. Check out Devan's lifestyle website byDevan, where you will find everything you need to have a happy, fulfilled, and busy life.

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers who are changing the world," Devan's a regular contributor to The Huffington Post Canada, Disney's Babble.com, and other places around the web. Check out Devan's lifestyle website byDevan, where you will find everything you need to have a happy, fulfilled, and busy life.

When we talk about fine motor movements, we're referring to developing and using the muscles in the fingers and hands. It's something we, as adults, don't spend too much time thinking about until we have kids and realize that there's a lot going on there. One of my children had troubles developing fine motor movements when they were younger, so ...

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When I was admitted to the hospital, in labor with my first child, I didn't know what to expect. I had been to the childbirth classes, and I had read up on the natural processes of labor, complications that could arise from it, and my pain relief options. I had it set on early on that I would request an epidural to aid with the pain. (I was ...

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When you're entering your 8th month of pregnancy, everyone starts asking, "Have you packed your bag yet?" It's not unreasonable to wonder -- you could go into labor and if you're planning on giving birth in the hospital, you don't want to be caught off guard and either have nothing packed or just have all the wrong things.

As I was ...

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There are many things about the newborn phase of parenting that are exhausting. You are just getting over throwing all your body's energy into growing a baby, laboring, then birthing a baby, and now - as you're healing - you have to care for this baby, too. If you're breastfeeding, that's another phase that can add to the fatigue and another ...

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During pregnancy, we have a lot on our plates as we get used to the idea of new responsibilities, worries about our health, labor, and making it to all our prenatal appointments. We want to be the healthiest we can be, and one part of overall health is good oral health. Yeah, visiting the dentist is important when you're pregnant as well. ...

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When you bring your baby home from the hospital and you've settled in at home, you may quickly realize that, well, your baby doesn't do much. That's totally normal, and it will change faster than you realize. But in the meantime, what are you supposed to do with your baby? ...

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When I thought about what being pregnant would be like, I would always smile. I had never been pregnant before, but I believed that - just like we see in the movies - being pregnant was going to be this amazing, emotional time while my body made this miracle. When I found myself pregnant for the first time, I expected that to happen—only it ...

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When you tell someone you're pregnant, chance are you'll be asked if you're experiencing a pickle-and-ice-cream craving yet. While I can't say I have ever craved this strange combination, for whatever reason, it's become the "go to" combo for pregnancy. ...

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