I know that real labor contractions are far more intense and occur closer and closer together. My question is: Does the frequency of Braxton-Hicks contractions have anything to do with how close you are to going into labor? In other words, if I am having braxton-hicks contractions 5 times a day (versus 2 times a day just as an example), even though there is no real pattern to them (the way there is with labor contractions), does this in any way indicate labor is near? I thought of this because i know they are your body's way of preparing for labor.... so it would make sense that they would increase in frequency the closer you get to your body actually going into labor. Anyone know?