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 the body is as crucial as taking 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 key nutrient needs. 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 key nutrients to look for in a prenatal multivitamin? Find it all below.
The Question: How soon should someone start taking a prenatal multivitamin?
The Answer: Our rule of thumb is to aim for 3 months ahead of pregnancy—that way, you can feel good about getting key nutrients from the moment you conceive. In other words: If you’re thinking, trying, or it’s already time, we suggest switching to a prenatal multivitamin.*
Read more: Wondering When to Start Taking Prenatal Multivitamins??
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 expecting, says Dr. Mastaneh Sharafi, PhD, RD.
Read more: “Can I Eat Cheese When I’m Pregnant?” And 10 Other FAQs, Answered