Maressa Brown

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Maressa Brown

An online & print journalist with over a decade of professional experience writing, reporting, and editing women's lifestyle (e.g. health, love/sex, beauty/style) and pop culture content.


11 Things You Should Know Before Dating a Cancer

If your bae was born between June 21 and July 22, they're a Cancer, a water sign known for their amazingly ~nurturing~ nature. Here are 11 things that make dating a Cancer fun and fulfilling, no matter what sign you are. They feel compelled to take care of people they love. Ruled by the moon, which is linked to emotion and maternal energy in astrology, Cancers are the natural-born "moms" of the zodiac.
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Photographer Claps Back at Critics of Mom Who Did a Sexy Postpartum Photo Shoot

When photographer Trina Cary began looking for a couple who would be willing to do an intimate photo shoot, a mom from Canada named Mel responded to her callout. Mel had given birth to three babies over the course of a year — a son in March 2013 and then twin girls in March 2014 — and she was struggling with post-baby body image.
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What Your Sign Says About the Way You Kiss

How you kiss is a completely individual thing, likely inspired by which rom-coms you watched growing up and all the crappy kissers you've encountered who taught you what not to do (silver lining?). But chances are your astrological sign has helped shape your kissing style too. Here are the details on how your sign affects the way you kiss.
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3 Ways to Make Missionary Sex Way Hotter

Missionary + Small Scooch Forward: Tell your man to shift his bod a few inches toward the headboard until his shoulders are in line with your chin and his body is resting on top of yours (he can use his forearms to support his own weight), says Chavez. Bend your knees about 45 degrees to tilt your hips upward for the smoothest entry.
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Stop Asking My Husband & Me When We're Going to Have a Baby

Before my now-husband and I were even engaged, I was popped a big question. A question most women hear shortly after saying "I do" (which is still usually too soon). A question even couples who would answer in the affirmative aren't fans of. "When are you going to start trying?" The oh-so-innocent-seeming string of words that is actually beyond loaded, because it basically translates to, "So, tell me everything about your personal health, relationship, finances, and oh yeah, the state of your uterus!"
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'Blood Moon' Love Horoscopes: What the Lunar Eclipse Means for Your Sign

No matter if you're the type to take a keen interest in astrology, dabble in reading your horoscope, or think it's all complete bunk, look out! A full moon eclipse, aka a "blood moon" -- the second and final total lunar eclipse of the year -- occurs today. The last one, as you may remember, was back on April 15, but this time, it'll appear 5.3 percent larger in the sky, according to NASA.
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16 Ridiculous, Annoying Things People Say When You Get Married

After being married almost a year to Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively recently confessed to Lucky magazine that being a newlywed certainly has its bizarro moments. The former Gossip Girl actress said, "I was recently asked how my style has changed since I got married, as if I was living under some sort of dictatorship."
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8 Dreaded Sexual Dry Spells That Are Totally Normal

We're constantly hearing how frequently people have sex and how what's normal for one couple may be totally freakish for another and vice-versa. But one thing seems to be true across the board -- researchers, women's mags, movies, TV all make seem like no one's ever having enough sex.
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14 Wedding Planning Nightmares Brides Never Saw Coming

When you first get engaged, people start telling you that this is "the happiest, most special and exciting" time of your life. They tell you they envy your wedding planning or say, "You must be having so much fun!" Sometimes, all of the above is true. Sometimes, you can't believe how lucky you are that you're about to marry the love of your life and planning the ultimate party to celebrate with the people you both love ...
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18 Best Sex Positions While Pregnant (PHOTOS)

Hollywood just loves to make fun of "pregnant sex." Seriously, who could forget the scenes in Knocked Up where Katherine Heigl's character is freaking out about how she looks and Seth Rogen's character is freaked out about hurting his unborn child? In real life, of course there are going to be concerns, safety precautions, and adjustments, but the fact is that your sex life isn't going down the toilet just because there's a baby is on the way!
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10 Things You Should Know Before Dating a Gemini

If your bae was born between May 21 and June 20, they're a Gemini, an air sign that's easy to find ~stimulating~ — intellectually and otherwise. Here are 10 things that make dating a Gemini all sorts of entertaining, no matter what sign you are. They're talkative. Ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication, Geminis are super-chatty.
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My Cleaning Habits (or Lack Thereof) Are Bad for My Marriage

"If this is going to be something you end up bringing to a couples' therapy session, I don't even know what to tell you!" my best friend said, shaking her head. We were discussing how I wanted to hire a cleaning service -- maybe every other week or once a month -- but my husband wasn't on board.
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Maressa Brown

Whether I'm reporting on women's health research by interviewing medical experts, doing one-on-one interviews with celebrities like Jennifer Garner or Selena Gomez, or creating in-depth, visually-appealing features on red carpet or fitness trends, my copy is conversational and substantive. I'm also a media-trained journalist comfortable being on-camera, having represented CafeMom's The Stir in both live and taped-to-air segments as host of "The Daily Stir" web series and a commentator on Good Morning America, HuffPost Live, and CafeMom's "Moms Matter" Google Hangouts series.



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