Well I went to the doctor at 36 weeks and he said you aren't effaced at all and not dilated, it'll be a while. One week later my water "broke", trickled really. I went in and I was 50% effaced and 3cm dilated. I think it is different for everyone though. I knew I was going to have her that weekend though, I told my whole family I was going to go into labor on Labor Day weekend and I did- on Labor Day! I have heard that some women go weeks 3cm dilated and 50% effaced though. I would recommend walking lots. And with dr. approval nipple stimulation may help things along. You're baby is in the safe zone. Good luck and Congrats!