Hi, I just wanted to know if it is routine for the obstetrician to perform an internal examination before the baby's due date? At my recent appointment, my ob stated that next week he wanted to perform an internal (have a look at cervix etc). I will be 39 weeks at that point. My main concern is that he will do a membrane sweep. I mentioned to my ob that I am not in any rush to have my baby (wait till mother nature decides if it is time). I am now starting to feel anxious about the prospect of the ob. performing a sweep as I know that this is a form of induction and I do not want to bring labour on yet (would prefer bubs to arrive in January rather than NYE). I think that I will make a clear point of it before he does the internal next week. But is it normal to perform an internal before the due date ? - I have no complications with the pregnancy and the baby's head is engaged.