Okay, as I wrote the title it felt like an odd request but here is where I am. My first, a perfect wonderful little boy, was huge as far as my frame was concerned. He was 9lbs 12 oz, pretty much right on time, and did a real number on my body during birth. I'm about 5'8" and normally around 135lbs but gained close to 50lbs during that pregnancy. My husband is built like a lumber jack and all the babies in his family tend to be pretty large. We are trying to conceive right now and I am starting to think about the realities of having a potentially larger second child. A good friend who had a similar experience told me her midwife put her on a dairy free (amongst other things) diet during her second and he was nearly 2 lbs less than her almost 10lb first. I ate well and exercised throughout my pregnancy and feel that I was far from unhealthy but I do recall pigging out a time or six and I was definitely a cheese fiend so I'm wondering if anyone has had any luck changing their prenatal diet and having an even slightly smaller or just not bigger second child. Any insights would be appreciated.
I'm not sure whether this should be in the pregnancy forum or here.
Though I know I won't get any feedback like this on this forum I'm cringing thinking about what one older woman told me when I told her my son's birth weight. She said her first was close to ten pounds so when the doctor warned her that smoking can cause low birth weight she decided that she would smoke through her whole second pregnancy. So, as I think about that lady I would like to stress that I'm talking about HEALTHY diet changes.