Re: 38 Weeks Pregnant and Miserable!!!
Well... if you can still orgasm by yourself it will help!! The prostaglandins in semen can help to ready the cervix, but orgasm can cause mild contractions on its own, also causes the release of oxytocin. Nipple stimulation will also help, just be careful, that can cause some pretty intense contractions. Something else is Evening Primrose Oil (EPO), which you may want to run by your OB/Midwife before you use it. You can take it orally and/or insert the capsules directly into your vagina at night, this can also help to soften the cervix. These are all things that can help prep your body for labor, but won't actually bring it on unless the baby and your body are ready.
Good luck with the spicy food, does absolutely nothing for me! I'm anxious for babe to get here as well (I'm 39 weeks) so went and ate some really spicy Indian curry yesterday. It was super yum, but no major action down there. Been using the EPO orally and vaginally since 37 weeks, my cervix is butter soft and shortening but if I am starting to dilate it is only just a little bit, but it all helps.
Oh, walking is also great, it can really help get the baby engaged into position if it's time for that. All in all, a labor that starts on its own is usually easier/quicker than one induced before the baby sends of the chain of chemical signals that start labor when he/she is ready. Keep in mind too how accurate the dates are, although 37 weeks can be considered full term that doesn't mean the baby is completely ready for life outside yet, which could cause him/her to have an extra stay in the hospital.
@blashae... the pains you are feeling as you sit could be a good thing! Although it's not contractions per say your body may just be getting warmed up for the big event, and your pains could still be helping you to dilate and efface before actual labor starts. Hang in there!