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Pregnant Dog Owners More Active

Thursday, 16 February 2012 05:35 PM

Walking the dog isn’t only good for man’s best friend. A new study has found pregnant women who own dogs are more physically active than those who don't.
The research, conducted by the University of Liverpool and the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, found that pregnant women with dogs were approximately 50 percent more likely to achieve the recommended 30 minutes activity per day -- through brisk walking.
The study involved more than 11,000 pregnant British women and is the first of its kind to look specifically at the effects of dog ownership on activity levels during pregnancy.
Health officials have expressed growing concern about the health risks of excessive weight gain during pregnancy. Studies have shown that maternal obesity can lead to an increased risk of health complications and even childhood obesity. Doctors recommend pregnant women, and those considering pregnancy, take steps to manage their weight and get regular exercise.
"We are increasingly seeing that exercising with a dog can lead to improved motivation and effectiveness," said Dr. Sandra McCune, research program manager at the Waltham Centre. "As a low-risk exercise, dog walking can help women, who may otherwise find it hard to meet their exercise targets, keep active and fit during pregnancy.”
The study was published in the journal Public Library of Science ONE.

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