I swear most of the other questions I can specifically answer haha, but this is another one that I can't tell you because it's simply not my place. Weight gain during pregnancy is SO unique. I'm sorry, but I just don't agree with the 25-35lb recommended weight gain. I know there has to be a range given, and it can be a helpful reference, but EVERY WOMAN IS SO DIFFERENT! There are women who gain less than that amount who are perfectly healthy, and have perfectly healthy babies, and there are women who gain much more than 35lbs (and who lose it all so fast!!), and who take such good care of themselves and also have perfectly healthy babies. There is never a "one size fits all" to pregnancy. Of course I'm not going to be able to tell you how much you should have gained by X amount of weeks, and how much is "too much". That is between you and your doctor.
I TOTALLY understand the stress that the scale can bring during pregnancy, because you just don't know what to expect or how your body will respond. With Piper, I would google "how much weight should I have gained at X weeks", because I wanted to make sure I was on track! Pregnancy is stressful enough! Why was I adding extra stress on top of it?! With Jack I didn't think twice about my weight gain because it does not matter (unless your doctor is concerned, of course). What I recommend focusing on is fueling your body properly with lots of REAL food, and staying active. Those are things that you can control and that keep both you and your baby healthy during pregnancy. Your body will gain what it needs to.
DO I NEED TO ADJUST MY WEIGHTS DURING PREGNANCY?
Unless you feel ANY sort of discomfort, no, you don't necessarily need to. Some women do need to bring the weight down and that's great! Some women feel fine and maintain the same weights they used pre-pregnancy, and that's also great! Keep in mind that the hormone relaxin does loosen your joints and ligaments during pregnancy, so if you can't keep your movements well controlled with weights, it may be a good idea to reduce the weights in order to keep good form and reduce your chances of injury.
WHEN SHOULD I STOP DOING "X" EXERCISE?
**I wrote a full blog post on Pregnancy Exercise 101 that goes into detail on this topic.
Generally speaking, you do not need to modify anything during the first trimester (unless you feel any type of discomfort or pain, or if your doctor tells you otherwise). Once you enter the second trimester, you want to start making changes to your routine in order to adapt to all the changes going on internally and externally. This is when you should stop doing "regular" core exercises - crunches, ab bicycles (or any twisting exercise), leg lifts, reverse crunches, planks, and also push ups. You also want to avoid being on your back for long periods of time from this point on. During the third trimester, you'll want to stay away from jumping type of exercises - jump squats, jump lunges, etc., because it can actually weaken the pelvic floor and your core. Other than that, it just depends on what feels right for YOU. For example, if running doesn't feel good, then switch to another type of cardio. If running feels fine, then keep doing it. Your body will let you know what's "too much".
WHAT EXERCISES ARE SAFE FOR DIASTASIS RECTI/WHAT SHOULD I AVOID?
Again, my Pregnancy Exercise 101 post addresses this. ALL of my pregnancy workouts in my guide, and on Instagram, are always safe for diastasic recti (you can get my guide HERE). If you have diastasic recti, you want to avoid the same type of core exercises that you would during pregnancy (crunches, twisting, leg lifts, planks, push ups, etc.) until it has healed. These exercises can make it much worse, and the gap from coming back together. The pregnancy core workouts and postpartum recovery workouts I post on Instagram are the type of exercises that will help!
HOW CAN I EAT HEALTHY DURING THE 1ST TRIMESTER WHEN NOTHING "HEALTHY" SOUNDS GOOD?