As I looked at my ‘Healthy Choice’ label today, I realized that though low in fat, the sodium amount seemed high. As I begin to reevaluate the foods I am eating because I am pregnant, I am curious—what is an acceptable amount of daily sodium intake?

Sodium intake is variable in most people. The recommended daily allowance of sodium is 60 to 120 mEq. However, the body rapidly clears sodium from the urine and therefore attempts to keep a constant amount in the body. During pregnancy, sodium levels decrease slightly. This is because of the increased rate of urination that is seen with pregnancy. However, it is not necessary to increase salt intake during pregnancy.