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LIFESTYLE, Women's

ALTERED DIETARY SALT FOR PREVENTING PRE-ECLAMPSIA AND ITS COMPLICATION

Low salt intake in pregnancy is unlikely to prevent pre-eclampsia.

Pre-eclampsia is a serious complication of pregnancy associated with poor health, or even death, for the mother and baby. Pre-eclampsia is identified by raised blood pressure and protein in the urine during the second half of pregnancy. In the past, a low-salt diet was often recommended, in the belief that it would help to prevent pre-eclampsia. However, the review found just two trials that did not show any evidence of benefit for the mother or baby. Salt intake in pregnancy should be a matter of personal preference. —Cochrane 2012

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