Hey there, and welcome! I think we often have differences of opinion here- but I'm not so sure we scold heavily?! Ack. That's terrible.
I think the consensus is that generally we tend to eat too much sodium to begin with- so moderating our salt intake is a good idea, but low-salt isn't necessarily necessary.
What I did when I was pregnant was find the Recommended Daily Allowance for sodium, and then started reading the backs of things I was eating, to get an idea of how much I was ingesting. For many people (like me [:I]) reducing my intake to the RDA IS a low sodium diet, ykwim?
What I would do if I were you is get a general idea of what my pressures are running for several days- several times a day. Then, after eating something nice and salty, check it again. If your pressure is appreciably higher, then you know that salt is something you probably should watch.
I, for one, am extremely salt sensitive when pregnant. I couldn't salt to taste- if I did, I'd swell, get headaches, and my BP would skyrocket. Regardless of what any camp says- I couldn't tolerate it. In my non-doctor, non-medical opinion, I think each person needs to have an understanding of how their body reacts to it.
best wishes for a healthy pregnancy!
Allie 5-13-98 (35 weeks-pre-e)
Baby Camille 4-17-03 (36 weeks- htn and oligo)