Now that I'm pregnant, should I cut down on salt?
In the past, pregnant women were warned to limit their salt intake to manage their weight gain and prevent swelling and high blood pressure. But that’s not true anymore.
Pregnant women need salt in their diets to maintain their expanding blood volume, which increases by up to 50%. Your cells also hold more water during pregnancy, so a little bit of swelling is normal starting in the second trimester—especially in the last few weeks of pregnancy.
This mild fluid retention is unrelated to salt intake and shouldn’t be treated by restricting salt or taking diuretic medications (also called water pills) without your doctor’s approval. So unless you’re advised otherwise by your physician, continue to salt your foods to taste.
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