by caryn (10159 Posts), Fri May 14, 2010 11:36 am
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by miamibunnie (510 Posts), Fri May 28, 2010 08:44 pm
Originally posted by Caryn
It's not just during pregnancy, and actually there's no evidence that reducing salt intake helps prevent preeclampsia in a broad population of women.
But apparently as a group we're more likely to be salt-sensitive postpartum and into the future, which might be why we have a higher risk of poor cardiac outcome. Salt-sensitive chronic hypertensives are often asked to continue their diets with less than 2400 mg of daily sodium during pregnancy, since it's a part of their regular management of their underlying chronic hypertension. And they're worried about salt generally anyway: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/21/health/nutrition/21salt.html
I say "until proven otherwise" because what you'd have to do here is talk to your doc about cutting back on the salt in your diet -- which, yes, is very difficult because it's in everything and I am *tired* of boiling down chickens for stock! -- and then monitor your blood pressure and see if you were responsive to lower intake.
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