Essential Prenatal

The next-generation prenatal with 12 essential nutrients for your body and baby, before and during pregnancy.

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Vegan Friendly
Gluten and Major Allergen Free
No Artificial Colorants or Synthetic Fillers
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For Thinking, Trying, and When it's Time

Prep your body for pregnancy, nourish your health, and support your baby’s development.


Supports energy production and mood*

Provides essential nutrients you need to help your body be ready when you are.*

First Trimester

Folate in Essential Prenatal supports healthy neural tube development*

Helps facilitate healthy brain development in the critical 28 days after you conceive.*

Second Trimester

Supports continual development

Promotes continued growth of newly formed organs and tissues.*

Third Trimester

Prepares you for birth

Supports nutrient needs of mother and baby.*

12 Nutrients

During this life-changing time, you need clean nutrients in forms that actually work in your body. Because not all ingredients are created equal.  Learn more


Methylated 4th generation Folate

Pisticci, Italy1000 mcg DFE


Vegan DHA from microalgae

Saskatoon, Canada350 mg

Vitamin B12

Methylated B12

Bridgeport, Connecticut8 mcg


Nature-identical Choline

Verona, Missouri55 mg


USP-grade potassium iodide

Ogden, Utah150 mcg


USP-grade, active Biotin

Bridgeport, Connecticut300 mcg

Vitamin D3

Vegan-certified D3 from lichen

Nottingham, UK50 mcg (2000 IU)


Gentle, ferrous bisglycinate chelate

Ogden, Utah18 mg


Food-form Boron

Momence, Illinois0.7 mg

Vitamin E

From mixed tocopherols

Buenos Aires, Argentina7 mg

Vitamin K2

Pure, non-soy form of K2MK7

Oslo, Norway90 mcg


Chelated form of Magnesium

Ogden, Utah32 mg

Our ingredient choices—the forms, what we include, and what we don't—are all made based on what you really need.

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Supplement Facts
Serving Size: Two (2) Vegan Capsules
Servings Per Container: 30
Amount Per Serving% DV
Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol1) [from Lichen(whole plant)]50 mcg (2000 IU)333%Ϯ
Vitamin E (as alpha tocopherol from mixed tocopherols2) [from Brassica napus(seed)]7 mg35%Ϯ
Folate (as 6S-5-methyltetrahydrofolate [Glucosamine Salt]4)1000 mcg DFE167%Ϯ
Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin)8 mcg286%Ϯ
Biotin300 mcg857%Ϯ
Choline (as bitartrate5)55 mg10%Ϯ
Iron (as ferrous bisglycinate6)18 mg67%Ϯ
Iodine (as potassium iodide)150 mcg52%Ϯ
Magnesium (as dimagnesium malate)32 mg8%Ϯ
Boron (as calcium fructoborate7)0.7 mg**
Omega-3 Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) [from Schizochytrium spp. (whole microalgae)8]350 mg**
Vitamin K (as Menaquinone-73)90 mcg**
Ϯ Percent Daily Values for Pregnant and Lactating Women
** Daily Value (DV) not established
Other ingredients: Stomach acid-resistant outer vegan capsule (hypromellose, gellan gum), inner vegan capsule (hypromellose), silica, cellulose, l-leucine
1Vitashine™ lichen, 2Tocomix® 70R, 3K2VITAL®, 4Quatrefolic®, 5VitaCholine®, 6Ferrochel®, 7FruiteX-B®, 8Algarithm™
VitaCholine® is a registered trademark of Balchem Corporation
Ferrochel® is a registered trademark of Albion Laboratories, Inc
Quatrefolic® is a registered trademark of Gnosis S.p.A.

We Want You to Ask Questions

Seriously. Our team of vitamin experts and scientists has answers.

Can Essential Prenatal help support normal immune function?

More than 97% of women aged 19­-50 are not getting enough Vitamin D from their diet. That’s why we include 50 mcg of vegan-certified Vitamin D3 in Essential Prenatal to help support normal immune function.*

Why should I take a prenatal vitamin?

You need to support your own health as your nutrient needs change when pregnancy becomes a possibility—and later, a reality. Once pregnant, you’re growing a baby and need more nutrients to support its development. Taking a prenatal can help with supporting neural tube development and a healthy birth weight.* In a nutshell, the right nutrients help build a healthy foundation for years to come.

What makes Essential Prenatal different from other prenatals?

Essential Prenatal includes 12 nutrients you need to support a healthy pregnancy, in their cleanest and most absorbable forms. No more, no less. Our ingredient forms (and our formulation) are unique: we include Omega-3s from algae rich in DHA and nature-identical Choline, which work together to support brain and cognition development.* We use the first vegan-certified vitamin D3 from wild-harvested lichen, gentle chelated Iron, and methylated Folate. And we keep it all simple: just two citrus-scented, delayed-release capsules designed to be easy on your stomach. And Essential Prenatal is delivered right to your door for just $35/month.

When should I start taking a prenatal?

Research shows that it takes time to reach optimal nutrient levels for conception, and taking a prenatal vitamin at least three months before conception is ideal. However, if you’re even thinking about trying or you’re not not trying, it’s probably a good time to start a prenatal. The first 28 days of pregnancy are important in your baby’s neural development, so there’s really no such thing as “too soon” to start.

What kind of testing do you do?

When we say “total transparency,” we mean it. Each batch of our vitamins is tested for identity, purity, strength, and composition, so we can be sure that what’s on the label is what’s in the capsules. We also use a third party lab to test each batch, twice, for heavy metals, microbes, allergens, and other contaminants, ensuring they are below levels deemed safe by the FDA’s current Good Manufacturing Practices.

How is Essential Prenatal different from Essential for Women?

Essential Prenatal is formulated specifically for the unique nutritional demands of pre-pregnancy and pregnancy. In addition to the nine essential nutrients in Essential for Women, Essential Prenatal includes pregnancy-supporting Biotin, Choline and Iodine*.

How does my subscription work? How can I update my preferences every month?

It’s your Ritual: we’ll send you an email each month, a few days before we charge you and ship your next bottle. You’re free to rush or delay an order, or cancel your subscription, at any time, right from your account page. You’re in control.

What is your packaging made from?

We have gone to great lengths to select ingredients that help to support our bodies. We also select materials that are better for the planet, too. For packaging that meant finding new use for old matter. For example, mailers are made from recovered newsprint and plant fibers, and bottles made from 100% recycled content. Sharing these choices with you is at the core of our mission; It’s why we created the first visible supply-chain of its kind. This is just the beginning of a more traceable future—and we’re committed to keeping you in the loop with every step forward.

More questions? Find answers on our FAQs page.

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Meet Our In-House Scientists and Expert Council

We work with a lot of exceptional and thoughtful people—like the scientists, nutritionists, and medical doctors on our Scientific Advisory Board, who help guide our product innovation and clinical research.

Dr. Blanche Ip, PhD

Assistant Professor, Brown University (Nutritional Biochemistry)

Dr. Michelle Davenport

Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist

Dr. Jordan Shlain, MD

Physician & Founder, Private Medical (Primary Care)

Dr. Nima Alamdari, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer at Ritual (Prev. Harvard Faculty)

Dr. Marie Caudill, PhD, RD

Professor, Cornell University (Nutritional Sciences)

Prof. Arne Astrup, MD, DMSc

Head of Department of Nutrition at the University of Copenhagen

Dr. Jason Rothbart, MD, FACOG

Physician, Cedars-Sinai (Obstetrics and Gynecology)

Dr. Luke Bucci, PhD, CCN, CNS

VP of R&D at Ritual (Biomedical Sciences)

Dr. Mastaneh Sharafi, PhD, RD

Senior Director of Scientific Affairs at Ritual (Nutritional Sciences)

Dr. Robin Berzin, MD

Doctor & CEO, Parsley Health (Functional Medicine)

Dr. Jordan Shlain, MD

Physician & Founder, Private Medical (Primary Care)

Dr. Michelle Davenport

Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist

Dr. Blanche Ip, PhD

Assistant Professor, Brown University (Nutritional Biochemistry)

Dr. Nima Alamdari, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer at Ritual (Prev. Harvard Faculty)

Dr. Marie Caudill, PhD, RD

Professor, Cornell University (Nutritional Sciences)

Prof. Arne Astrup, MD, DMSc

Head of Department of Nutrition at the University of Copenhagen

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Making Us Blush

Great vitamins that are easy to take!

I took the regular Ritual vitamins before my pregnancy and was thrilled when they can out with the prenatal option. This vitamin is easy to take and easy to digest. My midwife was very impressed with the transparency in ingredients and sources. Ove…


Keeping It Real

LOVE the vitamins, not the after taste...

I loved my OG Ritual vitamins with the peppermint EO tablet and I'm thinking about having a baby, so I switched to the Ritual Prenatal and it has the lemon tablet... unfortunately I'm not a fan of the lemon. I would love he prenatal with the peppermi…

Natalie F.

Age 25 - 34

1 month on Essential Prenatal

Love everything about this!


I've been searching for a prenatal vitamin for quite sometime and felt a little overwhelmed by it all. Ritual was the only place where I felt like I was getting all of my questions answered while also educating myself about all of the things I d…
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Baylee W.

Age 18 - 24

3 months on Essential Prenatal

Its a must


they are freaking amazing i use them everyday

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Lauren N.

Age 25 - 34

6 months on Essential Prenatal



I actually take these vitamins. They taste good and are easy to swallow. Since they are delivered monthly I also make more of a point to actually take them.

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