Everything will come naturally to you, your pain is a given, you’ll be tired, you won’t feel like yourself. A new normal It didn’t feel normal to be walking around in mesh panties with frozen peas shoved into my bra. 42 days too long 42 days. You’re in pain and so sore, but you’re the strongest you’ve ever been (hello, you just gave birth!). When I think back to a straightforward knee surgery I had 8 years ago, I had to see my doctor just 2 days later.