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 lifestyle website byDevan, where you will find everything you need to have a happy, fulfilled, and busy life.

hospital-bag

If you’re planning a hospital birth, packing for your stay can seem daunting. You don’t always know exactly how long you’re going to be admitted and if it’s your first baby (and your first birth), the idea of leaving out something important seems awful. There are lists all over the place on what you should [&hellip
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how-to-stay-connected

It got you here in the first place, and sex during pregnancy can be a great experience. But for some couples, abstaining from sex may be in the best interest of the health of your baby. For most couples, sex during pregnancy is completely healthy. But if you’ve been diagnosed with an incompetent cervix, premature [&hellip
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I’ve experienced a whole slew of symptoms in this pregnancy — more than my previous three full-time pregnancies. It’s funny because I always hear doctors and experts say that “each pregnancy is different,” but I never really “got it” until this time around because my others had all been so similar. I’ve experienced everything from hyperemesis gravidarum to varicose veins (in my feet!) and all the fun things in between like achy hips, cravings, aversions, and fatigue. These are all symptoms that we hear about a lot in terms of pregnancy, and so I wasn’t at all surprised when they came into play because I was aware of the possibility
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summer-pregnant-activities

The summer isn’t my favorite season. and when I was pregnant, I disliked it even more. The heat and humidity, paired with a growing, uncomfortable body were just not my cup of tea. I tried to keep up an exercise routine that my doctor had OK’d, but the heat just killed all my drive. If [&hellip
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Cherry Blossoms

When I first pursued growing my family, never was there any place in my mind that thought things may not go according to plan. We were going to go off birth control, I was going to get pregnant, have an easy pregnancy and delivery, and add the the most healthy, gorgeous baby to our family. I read all the books on preconception and pregnancy before we decided it was the right time and I was ready
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questions-to-ask-after-miscarriage

When that pregnancy test turns positive, so many things run through our minds. For me, that sign was long-waited and while I was nervous about motherhood, I had so many things I was looking forward to experiencing. One experience that wasn’t on my running list was the pain and heartache from a miscarriage. Life had [&hellip
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breastfeeding-tips-larger

There is this myth that the bigger your breasts, the more milk your baby will have. It’s just exactly that, though — a myth. Breastfeeding, whether you have large or small breasts, takes some practice to get the hang of holding your baby and making sure they’re latching right. But for bustier moms, there can [&hellip
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baby-nicknames

Parents spend a lot of time coming up with the perfect name for their child. If you’re like me, you consider things like how it will sound with their last name, how easy it will be to spell or pronounce, and how unique or common the name is. I spent a lot of time with [&hellip
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flat-head-syndrome

Although we always want our babies to be the picture of perfect health, it doesn’t always end up that way. When you go to the doctor because you’re worried about your young baby’s health, it’s not a great feeling. All the “what ifs” and questions can be terrifying. If your baby has been diagnosed with [&hellip
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toddler-snacks

Trying to get your toddler to eat can be a super frustrating time. One minute they’ll eat anything you give them and the next second they only want to eat foods that are blue, or refuse to eat anything healthy at all. You shouldn’t have to worry though because there are some snacks that you [&hellip
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