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There have been a bunch of great baby consignment sales lately and yesterday I was tempted enough to check two out. I bought some basics — more maternity clothes, some 0-3 months baby clothes — but wasn’t sure what else I needed.

Here are three excellent lists that will help point you in the right direction when shopping for baby. They’d also be great resources when creating your baby registry.

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My morning sickness has gotten worse this week (first trimester, week 5) and it’s to the point where I have to force myself to eat. I haven’t thrown up, but I constantly feel nauseous.

cheese and crackers

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I started to make a baked potato tonight, but the smell of it was repulsive so I didn’t end up eating it. But when I’ve gone out to restaurants lately, I’ve been able to eat easy-on-the-stomach food without much of a problem.

I realized that the problem isn’t that the food itself is making me nauseous; it’s more the thought and practice of food preparation and cooking that’s making me queasy.

Here are some tips to prevent nausea that are working for me:

  • Breathe through your mouth in the kitchen to avoid the odors that bother you. The refrigerator smell really bothers me and this helps.
  • Choose meals that don’t take long to prepare like instant oatmeal, a waffle with peanut butter, a sandwich, or cheese and crackers.
  • Opt for foods that don’t require cooking.
  • Eat what you can stomach rather that forcing yourself to eat something that’s repulsive. I made myself eat a salad last week when I didn’t want one, and the idea of salad has made me sick ever since.

12 Morning Sickness Preventive Steps has more good tips for avoiding nausea:

If cooking odors bother you, delegate cooking duties to your husband (you can remind him that he loves to bar-b-que!), or ask a friend or relative to help you out on days that your morning sickness makes even the idea of what to cook unbearable. Other tips:

* Pre-cook, freeze, and fill the freezer up with meals on the days that you do feel well enough to cook. Don’t worry – there’s no such thing as “overcooking”, all those pre-made meals will come in handy once the baby is (or babies are) born!

* Microwave cooked meals have a fraction of the odors associated with them that foods prepared in the oven or on the stovetop do.

* Remember: There’s nothing wrong with sandwiches, or even cold cereal and milk for dinner.

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