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Pre-eclampsia is a multisystem disorder associated with poor health, or even
death, for the mother and baby. A reduced-salt diet has been recommended to
treat or prevent it. Although this practice has ceased in many countries, it remains
important to assess if sodium restriction or supplementation has a place in the
management of preeclampsia.
Key messages
􀃎 Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-specific condition that increases maternal and
infant mortality and morbidity.
􀃎 The available evidence is insufficient to make any firm conclusion regarding
the effects of reduced or increased salt consumption in pregnant women for
prevention of pre-eclampsia.
􀃎 Salt consumption during pregnancy remains a matter of individual preference.

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