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As a Doula, This is the Prenatal Multivitamin I Just Recommended to an Expecting Mom

Christen Russo
ByChristen RussoSep 15, 2022In partnership with Ritual

A high-quality prenatal multivitamin ensures that both you and baby get the best nutrients possible.

And take it from someone who knows: in my first pregnancy, I was so nauseous through the first trimester that I basically existed on buttered toast. To make up for the nutrients I wasn't getting, I took two of the biggest, earthiest pressed pill vitamins I’d ever seen in my life each day. I thought I was some kind of hero. They were hard to swallow and I never wanted to take them.

But by my second pregnancy, I'd discovered a much better prenatal that made a huge impact on my energy levels and didn't add to my nausea. Ritual’s prenatal multivitamins have everything I needed packed into one easy-to-swallow supplement.

What I Love About Ritual’s Prenatal

With Ritual’s prenatal multivitamins, it’s two capsules per day to get 12 key nutrients. And they’re capsules, so they’re smoother and easier to swallow for me.

Their innovative nestled capsules allow for a delayed release, designed to dissolve later in the small intestine, an ideal place for absorption and to help it to be gentle on the stomach.*

I love the citrus scent that floods my senses every time I open the bottle. That lemon essence tab is such a nice touch, especially for anyone experiencing pregnancy-related nausea.

I also think they’re really cool-looking. From the simple, aesthetic design of the bottle to the golden nestled capsules, they look nice on my counter, which made forming the habit of taking these multivitamins every day a bit easier.

Why Are Prenatals So Important?

Ritual’s prenatal multivitamins supplements provide you with key nutrients, including the following:

Folate, 1000 mcg DFE — Folate helps support neural tube development. The neural tube forms in the first month of pregnancy, which is before many people even know they’re pregnant and part of the reason it’s a great idea to start taking prenatals before you even conceive.* Ritual includes methylated folate as 5-MTHF, the active form of folic acid. It bypasses common gene variations that make the folic acid to folate conversion more difficult for up to ⅓ of people.

Vitamin D3, 50 mcg (2000 IU) — Vitamin D is important to help absorb calcium. During pregnancy, it helps support the baby's dental health.*

Iron, 18 mg — While pregnant, blood volume can increase up to 50% or more. Hello, pregnancy glow! Iron supports this blood increase, helping to supply oxygen to your growing fetus.*

Omega-3 Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), 350 mg — This fatty acid helps support fetal brain development. It can be found in various forms of seafood, or from microalgae like Ritual’s vegan-friendly form, but it is recommended that pregnant people take at least 200 mg of DHA per day, which some individuals may not be able to meet through dietary sources alone.*

By the way, they leave Calcium out because most adults in the US get adequate Calcium through their diet. Without this ingredient, there’s more room for other good stuff in each capsule.

Note: over-the-counter supplements are not regulated nor evaluated by the FDA, which is the case with these multivitamins as well. This product is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease

Quick Facts

Let me add a few more key facts about Ritual’s prenatals:

  • Shipping is free! The multivitamin bottle comes in a small, recyclable package every month.
  • These prenatals are made using 12 traceable ingredients with a visible supply chain so you know what you’re putting in your body and why. Isn’t that everyone’s wish, especially while pregnant?
  • By taking Ritual prenatal multivitamins, you may be eligible for FSA/HSA/HRA reimbursement. (Check with your insurance provider to confirm your plan’s requirements for reimbursement.)
  • After you’ve had your baby, you can easily transition to Ritual’s postnatal multivitamins, which have nutrients that provide ongoing support for immune function, lactation, and more.*

Are you thinking about trying Ritual’s prenatal multivitamins? At only $35/month, I highly recommend it for you and your baby.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.