The good news? Aside from cutting out a few no-nos (alcohol, caffeine, unpasteurized dairy products, and raw fish, for example), eating well while you’re expecting doesn’t have to be overcomplicated. Focusing on a balanced diet of different macronutrients (protein, carbs, healthy fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) is a great start, and prioritizing fresh produce and whole foods is never a bad idea. That’s part of Ritual’s “food first” approach, after all: To start with a balanced diet, and supplement to help fill common gaps. Which brings us to our next point…
2. Take a quality prenatal multivitamin.
Prenatal multivitamins are specifically formulated to lend nutritional support during pregnancy—and that’s true no matter how well we’re eating. Ritual’s Essential Prenatal is a bestselling option for a reason: It’s formulated with 12 nutrients to support the nutritional demands of pregnancy, including vegan omega-3 DHA and methylated folate. (Up to one-third of women have a genetic variation that makes it difficult to efficiently utilize folic acid, the synthetic form of folate commonly found in prenatal multivitamins.)*
Plus, its 2-in-1 nested capsule formulation and lemony essence help make Essential Prenatal a breeze to take every day. Pro tip: We recommend aiming to take a prenatal multivitamin at least three months ahead of pregnancy, so you might consider making the switch when you’re already thinking or trying.*