I went to my dr yesterday for my 40 wk internal, and it was wayyyyyy more painful than the last few. He said my cervix was still closed, and as he was feeling around it just hurt soooo bad! From what I've read, it sounds like he did a membrane sweep. Do drs often do this without forewarning? He's been my dr for a long time, and I do trust his judgement, but I just found it weird. I wouldn't have been opposed to a sweep now seeing as there's no progress with my cervix at all, but I would have thought I'd be asked first, or at least given a heads up about the pain.