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.

activities-for-fine-motor-movement

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 [&hellip
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if-you-could-change-your-labor

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 [&hellip
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guilt-free-toddler-shows

Toddlers are a lot of work — they like to do what they want when they want to, and this age group seems to have the secret to having endless energy while never sleeping. I have been through this phase of childrearing three times, and now that I am in it again for the fourth [&hellip
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can-men-experience-pregnancy-symptoms

When you’re pregnant, the symptoms you have to deal with during your first trimester can feel like they’re plaguing you. You’ve got the nausea that just won’t quit, a new form of tired that won’t go away no matter how long you sleep, and cravings and food aversions complicate every meal. While they don’t happen [&hellip
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favorite-thing-about-newborn

When you bring a newborn home, and you’re deep in that “I swear I will never sleep again” phase, finding the good can be hard. Getting to know a new baby, healing from pregnancy and birth, plus dealing with sleep deprivation and a total hormone overload, you can definitely say that newborns can seem totally [&hellip
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names-that-will-fade-out

When I look through the popular baby names lists year after year, there are some names that make the cut every year: Sophia, Jackson, Aiden, and Emily are so popular right now, I’m not sure when or if they’ll ever drop from their top spots. If you take a look at some of the fastest [&hellip
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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 [&hellip
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what you should know about dental care during pregnancy

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 [&hellip
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sweetest-toddlers-said

The terrible twos and other ages that fall within the “toddler” category have a bad rap. Sure, we’re dealing with a small kid who is just realizing that they can get what they want with a little pushing, and they don’t back down easily — but, there’s a sweeter side to this age as well. [&hellip
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play-with-your-baby

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? Your baby isn’t ready to [&hellip
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