The New Mother - Taking Care of Yourself After Birth You will need plenty of rest, good nutrition, and help during the first few weeks after your baby is born. Contraception/Birth Control You have a lot of options when it comes to birth control. Some methods don't require a doctor's visit, but others, like oral contraceptives, are available only by prescription. Caring for the Mother: Physically and Emotionally Nap when your baby naps. Take warm, shallow baths several times a day if you had stitches after delivery. Wear a supportive bra and use warm compresses to help with milk letdown. Tubal Ligation Tubal ligation is surgical procedure you may choose if you are an adult woman and you do not want to get pregnant in the future. You may have heard tubal ligation referred to as "getting your tubes tied."