Navigation Links
Dog owners more likely to achieve recommended activity levels during pregnancy

Collaborative research from the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition and the University of Liverpool has shown that pregnant women who own dogs are more physically active than those who don't.

Researchers found that, through brisk walking, pregnant women who owned dogs were approximately 50% more likely to achieve the recommended 30 minutes activity per day. The study assessed over 11,000 pregnant women in the UK using data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) and is the first of its kind to look specifically at the effects of dog ownership on activity levels during pregnancy. It therefore provides valuable new insights that could have important implications for maintaining women's health during pregnancy.

There is growing concern surrounding the health risks of excessive weight gain during pregnancy. Previous studies have shown that maternal obesity can lead to an increased risk of a range of health complications and may even be linked to childhood obesity. This has led to recommendations that pregnant women, and those considering pregnancy, should take steps to manage their weight and ensure regular exercise under guidance from their healthcare provider.

By helping pregnant women stay active, dog walking could form part of an effective strategy for managing weight gain during pregnancy. "We are increasingly seeing that exercising with a dog can lead to improved motivation and effectiveness," commented Dr. Sandra McCune, research programme manager at WALTHAM. "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. Together with a balanced diet, it could therefore help towards ensuring a healthy pregnancy."

However, the researchers also found that, despite owning dogs, a number of pregnant women in the study still did not engage in regular exercise. "This raises important questions about how to encourage dog walking and ensure both pets and owners are benefiting from this increased activity," added Dr. McCune.

This research was conducted in collaboration with the University of Liverpool (UK), University of Bristol (UK) and University of South Carolina (USA) and used data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). It was funded by WALTHAM the science centre supporting Mars Petcare brands such as PEDIGREE, NUTRO and ROYAL CANIN and forms part of a wider body of research looking at the benefits of pet ownership for human and animal health.

This research has been published in the open-access online journal PLoS ONE and is available here:


Contact: Dr. Sandra McCune
WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition

Related biology news :

1. Invasive forest insects cost homeowners, taxpayers billions
2. Santa Fe homeowners weigh in on landscape preferences
3. Owners should count calories for obese pets, consider several factors for good health
4. Hummer owners claim moral high ground to excuse overconsumption
5. Nontoxic hull coating resists barnacles, may save ship owners millions
6. Non-toxic hull coating resists barnacles, may save ship owners millions
7. Dog owners more likely to share germs with pets by not washing hands than by sleeping with dog
8. Stem cell research to benefit horse owners and trainers
9. Ecologists gain insight into the likely consequences of global warming
10. Salt water alone unlikely to halt Burmese python invasion
11. Members of small monkey groups more likely to fight
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/15/2016)... ALBANY, New York , June 15, 2016 ... published a new market report titled "Gesture Recognition Market ... Trends and Forecast, 2016 - 2024". According to the ... at USD 11.60 billion in 2015 and is ... and reach USD 48.56 billion by 2024.  ...
(Date:6/3/2016)... 3, 2016 Das ... Nepal hat ein 44 ... geprägter Kennzeichen, einschließlich Personalisierung, Registrierung und IT-Infrastruktur, ... Produktion und Implementierung von Identitätsmanagementlösungen. Zahlreiche renommierte ... Januar teilgenommen, aber Decatur wurde als konformste ...
(Date:6/1/2016)... -- Favorable Government Initiatives Coupled With Implementation ... to Boost Global Biometrics System Market Through 2021  ... " Global Biometrics Market By Type, By End ... - 2021", the global biometrics market is projected to ... growing security concerns across various end use sectors such ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... --  EpiBiome , a precision microbiome engineering company, today ... from Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). The financing will allow ... drug development efforts, as well as purchase additional lab ... been an incredible strategic partner to us – one ... provide," said Dr. Aeron Tynes Hammack , EpiBiome,s ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2016 , ... STACS DNA ... Technical Leader at the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory, has joined STACS DNA as a ... STACS DNA team,” said Jocelyn Tremblay, President and COO of STACS DNA. “In further ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016 Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced ... of its complement C3 inhibitor, APL-2. The trials ... dose studies designed to assess the safety, tolerability, ... in healthy adult volunteers. Forty subjects ... single dose (ranging from 45 to 1,440mg) or ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 ... 2016;12(1):22-8 Published recently ... peer-reviewed journal from touchONCOLOGY, Andrew D Zelenetz ... of cancer care is placing an increasing burden ... expensive biologic therapies. With the patents on many ...
Breaking Biology Technology: