Pregnancy, Exercise and Dogs

Here’s another benefit to dog ownership — it may help you stay fit during your pregnancy.

Researchers at the University of Liverpool, in partnership with Mars Petcare, studied 11,000 women taking part in a long-running research project called the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. They found that pregnant women who owned one or more dogs were about fifty percent more likely to achieve the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day through “high levels of brisk walking” than those without dogs.

The authors of the study say that since walking a dog is a “low-risk exercise” it could be part of a bigger strategy to improve the health of women during their pregnancy.