Dietary Reference Intakes Set by the FNB: RDA for Micronutrients During Pregnancy and Lactation

by YannickLast updated February 18, 2017
Macro NutrientsAmountMax
Calories (kcal)1500
Carbohydrates (g)150
Protein (g)94
Total Fat (g)58
Saturated Fat (g)0
Monounsaturated Fat (g)0
Polyunsaturated Fat (g)0
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (g)1.6
Omega-6 Fatty Acids (g)17
Total Fiber (g)21
Soluble Fiber (g)0
Insoluble Fiber (g)0
Cholesterol (mg)0
Vitamin A (IU)256710000
Vitamin B6 (mg)1.9100
Vitamin B12 (ug)2.6
Vitamin C (mg)852000
Vitamin D (IU)6004000
Vitamin E (IU)22.51000
Vitamin K (ug)90
Thiamin (mg)1.4
Riboflavin (mg)1.4
Niacin (mg)1835
Folate (ug)6001000
Pantothenic Acid (mg)6
Biotin (ug)30
Choline (mg)4503500
Calcium (g)12.5
Chloride (g)2.33.6
Chromium (ug)30
Copper (mg)110
Iodine (ug)2201100
Iron (mg)2745
Magnesium (mg)350350
Manganese (mg)2.311
Molybdenum (ug)502000
Phosphorus (g)0.74
Potassium (g)4.7
Selenium (ug)60400
Sodium (g)1.52.3
Sulfur (g)2
Zinc (mg)1140
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Notes: Nutrient needs during the life stages of pregnancy and lactation are increased relative to women who are not pregnant or lactating. In fact, energy requirements increase by an estimated 300 kcal/day during pregnancy and 500 kcal/day during lactation (1). Likewise, the requirements for most micronutrients (vitamins and nutritionally essential minerals) are higher during pregnancy and lactation; this article discusses micronutrient needs during these life stages.