I have some questions for all you experienced moms about what to expect in the postpartum recovery period. For those of you that had a vaginal delivery and tore during delivery, how intense was your pain and how long did it take for you to notice improvement and then feel like yourself again? Did you lose your pregnancy weight, and if so, how long did it take? For those of you that had a flat stomach before pregnancy, did you ever return to that, and if so, how long did that take? Does anyone have any recommendations on how to help the recovery process along, both in regards to regaining fitness and getting back down to pre-pregnancy weight, as well as healing a vaginal tear? I'm only two weeks postpartum so I definitely don't expect to be recovered by now, and I'm not. I've lost 20 lbs already since the birth, but just in baby and water weight. I still have another 20 lbs to go. My belly is a lot smaller than it was but I still look about 5-6 months pregnant. I'm in quite a lot of pain from the tearing. I had to have surgery on Thursday to re-repair it because I ripped out my stitches the first time. I haven't felt any improvement with that yet.