Here’s Another Reason to Get a Puppy Before Your Baby Is Born

May 17, 2017 at 1:05 p.m. ET
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Having a dog around while you’re pregnant could actually contribute to having a healthier baby.

“Early-life exposure to household pets has the capacity to reduce risk for overweight and allergic disease, especially following Caesarean delivery,” explain researchers at the University of Alberta.

Specifically, exposure to dogs during pregnancy and after birth help babies increase the levels of gut bacteria they produce. The higher levels are what help reduce the risk of obesity and other allergic diseases.

More: Study Shows That Women With Dogs Have Healthier Babies

The study looked at 746 infants and surveyed moms on their child’s exposure to pets during their second and third trimesters, as well as three months after giving birth.

In addition to helping babies increase their gut bacteria, dogs are also a great way to prioritize healthy living during your pregnancy.

The CDC recommends that women get 150 minutes of walking per week, which can easily break down to just a few short dog walks per day — just in case you needed another reason to justify puppy adoption this spring.

By Vivian Nunez

Originally published on HelloFlo.