Maressa Brown

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I am a writer and occasional editor. My work has appeared in Better Homes & Gardens, First for WomenWoman's World, AOL, YourTango, and various other publications. Interests include holistic health/fitness, reading, pop culture, jewelry, astrology, summer, baking, and cooking with lots of veggies and spices! I've lived in Chicago, Boston, London, L.A. and Manhattan and now reside in north NJ with my Jersey boy husband. In our free time, we frequent BYOB spots, buy overpriced produce (but it's so pretty!) at Whole Foods, and do bizarrely huge loads of laundry.


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    Juan Pablo Galavis may love poking fun and outright bashing the media for getting his story wrong, so it's good he's been telling us how he feels in his own way. The former Bachelor took to Twitter late last week to express where his heart really is when it comes to Nikki Ferrell. Only the next day, she too made a public declaration ...

    Check out their telling tweets:

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    From the minute they find out they're pregnant, women are inundated with a laundry list of warnings about potential hazards and dangers that could befall them or their baby. Among them now more than ever: A trillion red flags related to what we're doing or might accidentally do to cause kids' autism, from taking antidepressants to having kids at "advanced maternal and paternal age." Needless to say, having to juggle and weigh out all the potential culprits can be terribly stressful! Thankfully, a new statement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) should put our minds at ease about at least one thing!

    In the new issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the ACOG notes that there is no connection between inducing labor in childbirth and autism.

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    One of the biggest decisions any mom-to-be has to make is her birth plan and where she wants to deliver her baby. For some, home birth is a given, while others have always seen themselves giving birth in a hospital. But more and more, women are looking to have a natural, medical intervention-free delivery at a hospital, or "natural hospital birth."

    "Women may be comfortable having a home birth, but maybe their partner is or their mother isn't," explains midwife Kristin Mallon, C.N.M. "And a lot of women risk out of having a home birth for various reasons, like they get gestational diabetes or have high blood-pressure. Home birth is really only for the lowest risk women, so other women, who are low-risk but not the lowest risk, can still have that home-like birth they want in a hospital setting."

    Here, 7 steps women can take to plan and have their own natural hospital birth experience ...

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    Olivia Wilde's May 4 due date is swiftly approaching, so it makes sense that she's looking back on her first pregnancy to Lucky magazine, reflecting on all things wonderful, wacky, and unexpected. For instance, she admitted that when she first got pregnant, she "just thought, 'Oh, I'm going to hide this forever!'" Maybe it's because she's an actress who would have to keep it under wraps for various roles, or because she was afraid her bump wouldn't be flaunt-worthy? Either way, she really found herself embracing her pregnant figure.

    The actress admits, "I ended up getting kind of excited to show the bump, as a badge of pride. Like I'm a woman! Look at me making a human! I am a goddess!"

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    If your dream vacation is going to Sonoma, you're more enamored by Malbec or Pinot Noir than White Zinfandel, and you can seriously relate to Paul Giamatti's character in Sideways, you might be a wine lover, a wino, an oenophile. And if that's the case, you may want to draw inspiration from your favorite beverage when it comes down to naming your kiddo!

    Here, 25 baby names wine lovers will want to raise a toast to ...

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