Does altering dietary salt during pregnancy effect the risk of developing pre-eclampsia and its complications?
From: The Cochrane Collaboration
- Duley, L., Henderson-Smart, D.J., Meher, S., 1996. Altered dietary salt for preventing pre-eclampsia, and its complications, in: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
- Two trials were included with 603 women
A review of randomised trials evaluating either reduced or increased dietary salt intake during pregnancy.
In the absence of evidence that advice to alter salt intake during pregnancy has any beneficial effect for prevention of pre-eclampsia or any other outcome, salt consumption during pregnancy should remain a matter of personal preference.
- 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.