Devan McGuinnessAuthor

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 personal blog, Accustomed Chaos, as she navigates the parenting world with her high-school sweetheart husband, 3 gorgeous children (pregnant with #4), and one spunky cat.

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I live in a place where we have four very distinct seasons. Winter is cold as cold can be, with snow so deep that you can’t walk without boots. Spring brings warmer air and a lot of rain. Summer is so hot that you don’t want to be without air conditioning, and autumn brings cooler, dry weather when it shows up. I have things I love about each season, and there are things I could do without—it’s what you get when you live where I do. For the most part, you take each season here as they come, but when you’re pregnant, the things you love about the seasons can become annoying, and the things you hate become even more hated
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I love baby names. It’s one of my favorite first-things to do during pregnancy, and often I have a name chosen for my next baby before I am even pregnant. I have a love for the unusual names and especially the names that have some sort of meaning to the parents. I take into consideration [&hellip
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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 [&hellip
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Gearing up for the birth of my fourth child, I was nervous. So much of this pregnancy was different, and I was anxious to bring him safely into the world. I had one extra hurdle to get through first—preparing for my first c-section birth. I knew it was coming—it was a planned birth for a [&hellip
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There are a lot of unfair symptoms we get during pregnancy. From nausea and vomiting, to skin changes and food problems, it seems the hormones and ongoing changes really hit our bodies hard. While they’re to be expected, it doesn’t mean all these changes are easy, and finding ways to cope — even for just a little while — can go a long way in helping us enjoy and bond during our pregnancies
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Seven weeks ago, I gave birth to my long-awaited fourth child. I remember the night before his delivery, anticipating many things that were to come, and just how much our life was going to change. As worried as I was about my first c-section, and through all the excitement of finally getting to meet my [&hellip
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25 Love-Inspired Baby Names

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

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I am obsessed with baby names. And coming up with that perfect name is not easy—but it is fun! When I was looking for a name for my fourth child, I wanted something that was unusual, but not totally out there. I wanted it to have something special about it. When I came across the name, before [&hellip
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When you hear the term “bed rest” your first thought is probably “Wow, laying in bed as a doctor orders sounds awesome,” but the reality of it is usually far different. For women in pregnancy, bed rest is a fight for their child and usually far less glamorous than we all think. Bed rest can [&hellip
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Pregnancy is such an awesome and unique experience. There is so much happening in a relatively short amount of time. Your body seems to know just what to do, and by the end of the process, you’ve got yourself a tiny human. Even for grown adults who walked into the situation with some sort of [&hellip
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There are a million things we’re told to make sure we get done before the baby arrives. The list seems endless and it always seem to revolve around two things: getting as much sleep as you can now and making sure all the things you need for baby are washed, put together, and ready. But, the to-do [&hellip
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