Salt is an essential nutrient. If you were to completely eliminate salt from your diet, your body would cease to function. There is an increased need for salt during pregnancy because of the extra demands the baby places on the mother's body. It helps to maintain an adequate blood volume for a safe, healthy pregnancy.
Dr. Brewer encouraged his patients to use common sense - let your body tell you how much salt you need. You will know that your body needs more salt when your food tastes flat.
Women who have conditioned themselves not to eat salt must be especially careful and may have to look for the symptoms of hyponatremia (salt deficiency) in addition to paying attention to their taste buds.
Adequate salt intake can help with some of the discomforts of pregnancy, such as swelling and leg cramps. Without enough salt, (hyponatremia), you could be more likely to develop either of these.
The salt that you shake on your food is just one source for the sodium you need. There is also a good amount in most high-protein foods, such as milk, cheeses, meats, and seafood, and in some vegetables. Kelp powder and non-GMO soy sauce, or other Asian sauces, can also be good sources of sodium. HERE is a top-10 list from healthaliciousness.com. (Note that some of these are processed foods that may not be optimal during pregnancy).
You need extra salt if you live in a hot climate, do vigorous exercise, or perspire a lot. Your body loses salt and other essential nutrients when you sweat. Consider replenishing your body with la pinch of salt added to your drinking water, or water infused with trace minerals and/or electrolytes. Coconut water has been touted as a "natural" way to replenish the minerals the body needs.
Truth about coconut water from WebMD
Top 10 Foods Highest in Sodium from Healthaliciousness.com
Avoiding Aluminum in Pregnancy from Dr. Group
Emergen-C Electrolyte Mix - click on ELECTROMIX when you get to the page (not an affiliate link - nor are any of the links on our site!)
Other posts in our nutrition series:
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