If you’re pregnant and you decide to continue working after you start to show, you need to
be prepared for the wide range of reactions you’re going to get from clients, the general public (if you’re open about what you do for a living) and even from other sex workers.
The furore recently in the States over Alana Love, a women who began working at Nevada’s Bunny Ranch brothel when she was 7 ½ months pregnant, is a good example. Alana went public with what she was doing, appearing on the Howard Sterns show, Tyra Bank’s chat show and starting a web blog.Howard flirted with her, Tyra gave her a vicious tongue-lashing and the comments on the web ranged from hugely supportive to death threats. Meanwhile, back at the Bunny Ranch, Alana had a constant stream of clients until she quit working shortly before she was due. Some were lovely, some were vile and asked her questions like whether she could feel the baby kick when they came.
Some clients will find your belly a real turn-on, others won’t want to get anywhere near you in case you break. Other sex workers may be extremely supportive – they may have been there themselves – and others may not be able to resist the chance to be mean and spiteful. No matter how much you steel yourself up for it, the cocktail of hormones that your body floods you with in pregnancy means that you’ll probably find it all quite hurtful. Rest assured: as long as you’re careful (see the page on Pregnancy for things to be aware of) you’re not doing anything that can harm your baby.
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