My third pregnancy was by far my easiest, and I think it’s because I found the right prenatal vitamin.

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You’ve taken the test and gotten the results — you’re pregnant!

After the initial surprise and confirmation from a medical professional, the mixture of emotions (you know — that unique blend of excitement mixed with anxiety) sets in.

The best cure? Make a plan. And I don’t mean starting a baby registry. First, make a plan to take care of yourself.

Before you start shopping for new maternity clothes and making that nursery board on Pinterest, you need to begin investing in ways to help you feel your best for the next 9 months.

This is especially if this isn’t your first pregnancy.

Your life isn’t going to slow down just because you got pregnant. So it’s time to level up your health investment. And take it from me, the best investment that you can make is a quality prenatal vitamin.

For my first two pregnancies, I bought whatever prenatal vitamin was the cheapest at the store. I figured it was wiser to spend my money on the gear we would need, like a crib.

But the truth is, I felt awful. I had low energy, I was so sick, and I felt miserable — all because my health was not a priority. It wasn’t until my third pregnancy that I felt my best.

I truly believe it was because I stopped taking whatever prenatal vitamin was on sale, just to check the ‘I took my prenatals’ box, and instead, I started investing in a quality prenatal vitamin: Rituals Essential Prenatal.

As a first-time mom, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. But hindsight is 20/20.

My first 2 pregnancies were a mess. I was nauseous, weak, and pretty much miserable from the moment of conception until the end.

My memory of carrying both of my daughters is plagued with exhaustion, an inability to sleep, and the worst nausea that you can imagine — the kind where you pull over on the side of the road to vomit.

No one deserves that.

When I found out I was pregnant with my third child, I knew I needed all the help I could get to keep my energy up. I had two kids and a part-time job that wasn’t about to slow down anytime soon.

As soon as I saw that second line on the pregnancy test, I went straight to researching ways to keep my energy up. Of course, there were plenty of suggestions that just did not apply to me; going to bed early doesn’t work when you work and have 2 preschoolers.

The best advice I found? Make your health the top priority.

I knew I needed to invest in my health first in order to meet all of my responsibilities, and the first choice I had to make was which prenatal vitamin I was going to take.

With all that in mind, I decided to give Ritual a shot.

Originally, I heard about Ritual vitamins in a moms group where they all swore by them. But to be honest with you, what attracted me the most to them was how the pill capsule was designed.

The capsules for Ritual vitamins are made with a double layer that’s designed in such a way that it won’t fully dissolve until it’s in your small intestine.

This is meant to reduce nausea and help your body absorb the most nutrients — two super important considerations when you’re growing a little one.

My third pregnancy was more of a surprise pregnancy, so I didn’t start taking Ritual prenatal vitamins until after I discovered I was pregnant (around 6 weeks).

Once I started taking them each morning, however, I began to feel better within a few days. I had more energy, less pain, and the ability to sleep easier in the evenings.

My nausea lessened, and my energy increased — which was exactly what I needed, since I had two preschoolers that I had to keep up with.

The purpose of a prenatal vitamin is to help fuel our bodies with all of the essential nutrients that we need in order to function while growing another human body.

They support healthy neural tube development for the growing baby, as well as a healthy birth weight.

But they also help prevent you from feeling depleted and run down by keeping up your nutrient stores. Otherwise, all the good stuff goes toward building a healthy baby, leaving you with whatever’s left.

Still, though, it can be hard to justify the cost of a quality vitamin when you can spend a fraction of the price at your local drugstore. And the truth is — if you’re like I was — you probably don’t know what to look for in a prenatal vitamin.

The quality in Ritual’s prenatal vitamins cannot be beat.

Not only are these supplements vegan-friendly, they’re gluten- and major-allergen-free, so by taking them you’re avoiding harmful additives that other supplements may include.

Physically and otherwise, Ritual is one of the most transparent supplement companies out there. Not only are their capsules see-through, but their website lets you track where the nutrients are from.

This visible supply chain helps you know what you’re putting in your body with their trademarked “Made Traceable” program.

The B12, for example, is from Bridgeport, Connecticut, and the iodine is manufactured in Pisticci, Italy. How cool is that?

Of course, the Essential Prenatal carries every required nutrient to help you thrive in pregnancy and help your baby develop.

From biotin to your omega-3s, Ritual aims to provide the best ingredients. These vitamins provide exactly what your body needs and nothing more.

In the three pregnancies that I’ve experienced, I can tell you that the difference in a quality prenatal vitamin like Ritual’s Essential Prenatal Vitamin versus a drugstore brand was paramount for me.

If you’re hoping to maintain energy and reduce nausea while your baby develops, I cannot recommend Ritual Essential Prenatal Vitamins enough for you.

Try them and thank me later.

Christine Luna is a wife, mom of 3, and a trainer dedicated to helping women make healthy choices in motherhood. When she isn’t teaching workout classes or running around with her kids, she’s probably drinking coffee.