If we talk about pregnancy a lot at Ritual—a lot, a lot—it’s only because we emphatically believe that knowing what’s going on in your body is as crucial as a great prenatal multivitamin. After all, our science team has combed through thousands of studies in the way of pregnancy, nutrition, and what it takes to support both you and baby. So when it comes to relaying the essentials? Well, that’s a no-brainer.
With that all in mind, we thought we’d do you one better by compiling a little glossary featuring some of our most popular content for parents-to-be. Wondering how much you need to change your diet, for example? How about the nutrients you should look for in a prenatal? Find it all below.
The Question: How soon should I start taking a prenatal vitamin?
The Answer: Our rule of thumb is to aim for 3 months ahead of pregnancy—that way, you can feel good about giving your body nutrients it needs from the moment you conceive. In other words: If you’re thinking, trying, or it’s already time, you should consider switching to a prenatal.
Read more: When Should I Start Taking Prenatal Vitamins?
The Question: Can I eat cheese when I’m pregnant?
The Answer: You’d be surprised how much our nutritional experts get this question—and we’re stoked to be the bearers of great news. As long as it’s made from pasteurized milk, most cheese is A-OK when you’re expecting, says Dr. Mastaneh Sharafi, PhD, RD.