Did you know that fertility rates in Australia are falling? When the time comes for you to have a baby, will you be fit enough to start and maintain a pregnancy?

Even if you are not planning to have a baby for a year or two, now is the good time to get fit because women who are fit and active have a better chance of starting and maintaining a pregnancy, and are less likely to experience complications during pregnancy.

Are you ready to improve your health and fitness in readiness for a future pregnancy, by taking part in activities that YOU enjoy?

If yes – then this program is for you.

Participant benefits:

  • Fit for Fertility offers you the opportunity to create your own individualised physical activity program (with our help) and provides support to help you stick with it.
  • You’ll receive a free physical activity support program to help you start and maintain a more physically active life.
  • The potential benefits are that you will become fitter and healthier as a result of participation in the program.
  • Research shows that women who are fit and active have a better chance of starting and maintaining a pregnancy, and are less likely to have complications during pregnancy


  • Women up to 45 years of age who are planning a pregnancy (planning to conceive within the next few years).
  • Women who are currently inactive.
  • Participants must own a smartphone with Bluetooth technology and access to the Internet.

What's involved?

You will receive a 6-week program with details of how to plan a fitness program that is right for you, including tips and tricks for getting started and sticking to it.

  • You will be invited to attend 2-4 online sessions (via Zoom).
  • During these online sessions, we will help you create a plan that is perfect for you.
  • We will ask you to complete a survey and measure your physical activity with a wrist-worn monitor, before and after the 6-week program.
  • We will ask you to keep records of your activities and your heart rate and perceptions of exertion, in a diary and/or on your phone, so we can evaluate whether the Fit for Fertility program is helpful.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no face-to-face contact; all the materials will be delivered to you by mail and returned in reply-paid envelopes which we will provide. Your physical activities can take place anywhere you choose!

Register your interest:

To register your interest or to find out more, please contact:

Dr Gabriela Mena
PhD Candidate

This study has been approved by The University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee [Approval No. 2020001847]