Dogs Enable Healthier Pregnancies

Fri, 17 Feb 2012

Pregnant women who own are nearly twice as likely to complete the recommended amount 30 minutes' per day by walking their dogs briskly than those who are not dog owners .

These are the findings of a new study which considered that low risk exercise, such as walking a dog, can be part of a wider strategy to improve pregnant women's health .

More than 11,000 pregnant women were studied by the University of Liverpool in conjunction with Mars Petcare .

Prior studies have demonstrated that maternal obesity and putting on a lot of weight during pregnancy has a negative impact on mother and child.

Research has shown that obesity in pregnant women can mean difficult births and possibly obese children in the future.

Therefore, the exercise recommended during pregnancy includes walking, jogging and swimming. However, most women prefer walking as their main means of exercise.

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