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7 weeks pregnant, breathlessness, loss of appetite, weakness, brown spots on hands. Treatment options?

Hi, I am 7 weeks pregnant and here are the symptoms I am having, what should I do? I get out of breathe just walking from room to room, I do not have much of an appetite , I have to take about 4 longs naps a day or I will get so weak. Also, I noticed light brown spots showing up on the back of my hands. I currently take Omega Xl once a day, and a vitamin every other day because I get so very hungry and extremely thirsty all the time after I take it. Thanks for your help!!
Asked On : Mon, 3 Dec 2012
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Hi and welcome to the site.

Feeling very weak and tired can be normal for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. But also it can be a sign of anemia. If possible a blood count should be checked. Eating foods high in iron may be helpful. Here is a link to a list of such foods to focus on:

It's also common not to have much appetite in early pregnancy. This is fine as long as you're taking fluids well. Eat what sounds appetizing. Usually the appetite and the tiredness go away after the 12th week.

Light brown spots are normal to develop in pregnancy. This is an effect of the hormones. Skin changes are very common. Some of it may go away after pregnancy, but often the skin changes stay.

If feeling very thirsty, it may be helpful to check for diabetes too.

The stomach overall will feel better if you nibble bland foods like crackers, sip ginger ale and tea and eat what sounds appetizing. SOmetimes vitamins can contribute to the stomach feeling bad. Crushing the vitamin and putting it into applesauce or yogurt may help.

I hope this information has been helpful.
Answered: Wed, 5 Dec 2012
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