Navigation Links
Dog owners more likely to achieve recommended activity levels during pregnancy
Date:2/16/2012

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: http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0031315


'/>"/>

Contact: Dr. Sandra McCune
sandra.x.mccune@effem.com
44-166-441-5535
WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition
Source:Eurekalert

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:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... 27, 2016 Research and Markets has announced ... report to their offering. ... to grow at a CAGR of 12.28% during the ... on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The ... coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key ...
(Date:6/22/2016)... American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics was once again ... of the fastest-growing trade shows during the Fastest 50 Awards ... Las Vegas . Winners are ... of the following categories: net square feet of paid exhibit ... 2015 ACMG Annual Meeting was ranked 23 out of 50 ...
(Date:6/22/2016)... ANGELES , June 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... identity management and verification solutions, has partnered ... edge software solutions for Visitor Management, Self-Service ... provides products that add functional enhancements ... partnership provides corporations and venues with an ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/27/2016)... June 27, 2016  Alex,s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), ... it will open a state-of-the-art bioinformatics lab, using ,big ... This announcement comes as Liz Scott , co-executive ... Cancer Moonshot Summit in Washington, D.C. ... a participant and advocate of pediatric cancer research and ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... , June 27, 2016  Global demand for ... percent through 2020 to $7.2 billion.  This market ... beverages, cleaning products, biofuel production, animal feed, and ... diagnostics, and biocatalysts). Food and beverages will remain ... by increasing consumption of products containing enzymes in ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... /PRNewswire/ - BIOREM Inc. (TSX-V: BRM) ("Biorem" or "the Company") ... shareholders, Clean Technology Fund I, LP and Clean Technology ... based venture capital funds which together hold approximately 59% ... diluted, as converted basis), that they have entered into ... holdings in Biorem to TUS Holdings Co. Ltd. ("TUS") ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... June 27, 2016  Sequenom, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... healthier lives through the development of innovative products and ... the United States denied its petition ... claims of Sequenom,s U.S. Patent No. 6,258,540 (",540 Patent") ... established by the Supreme Court,s Mayo Collaborative Services v. ...
Breaking Biology Technology: