When trying for a baby doctors and scientists offer a plethora of guidelines to give couples the best possible chance of conceiving. Women hoping to act as  surrogate mothers will particularly be open to new ideas to boost their fertility.

Too often we read in numerous articles about how eating a certain food or committing to a certain exercise can aid our health – then a couple of day later we see a conflicting report that says exactly the opposite! Which to believe? Which is just filling space in your favourite magazine? Just an old wives tale? The fundamental lesson here is make sure the guidelines come from a respected body and you can see evidence of robust scientific tests which show clear productive results.

A report released in January by the Meat Advisory Panel has furthered earlier findings supporting the theory that what we eat can have an enormous and real effect on fertility. For some time now it has been established that a well-balanced and nutritious diet is essential not only for conception but also to allow a woman to nourish a developing baby. Keeping an eye on your weight is also important as it has been found that if you are extremely over or under your BMI, periods can be disrupted and so ultimately lessen the chances of conception. Studies have shown that woman with a BMI of more than 29 will find it 19 times more difficult to conceive.

The Meat Advisory Panel (a group of experts who provide information about meat) have produced results of scientific studies which they say clearly show nutrients found in red meat really do have a role in boosting fertility.

The report explained that red meat is rich in two very important nutrients for fertility: selenium and vitamin B6. It has been known for some time that selenium deficiency can cause all sorts of troubles related to fertility and pregnancy such as pregnancy loss, pre-eclampsia, Intrauterine growth restriction, Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy, pret-erm labour, and gestational diabetes. It is now quite clear it is essential for female fertility.

Pork is also a good source of selenium and vitamin B6. It has been found in previous studies that this vitamin is so useful because it helps to regulate women’s hormonal activity.