Take one daily...on a leash to the park

Researchers assessed activity levels among 11,000 pregnant women, and those with pet dogs were more likely to meet the recommended three hours of activity per week or 30 minutes on most days.

“Dog owners were also more likely to participate in brisk walking activity than those who did not have a dog,” the authors said. 

“Dog walking activities may be a useful context to investigate as part of a broader strategy to improve activity levels in pregnant women.”

PLoS One 2012; online 15 Feb