Katie Fehlinger, a TV meteorologist in Philadelphia, is fighting back against the body-shaming haters in the best way possible. Here's to being pregnant and proud.
There's no denying it—being pregnant is hard work. But as, Katie Fehlinger, a meteorologist in Philadelphia, says, it's also beautiful. Fehlinger is currently 9 months pregnant with twin girls and still working nearly full-time on air at CBS3 and CW Philly. And though we commend her for her work ethic, we're kind of stunned by the comments from viewers, which vary from calling her a "sausage in casing" to telling her that sticking out her pregnant abdomen "is disgusting."
But while the discussion around her figure isn't new—many women in the public eye are often criticized by how much or how little weight they gain during pregnancy—we love how she responded to the negativity. And, better yet, how she started a movement of women posting their own photos using the phrase "Pregnant and proud."
She took to her Facebook page to write:
"So this little manifesto of sorts is dedicated to every mother out there—other pregnant moms-to-be, moms reading this while their toddlers play on the swing set, moms whose kids have long since gone off to college...
"You are beautiful.
"Even during the most uncomfortable—and let's face it, less than glamorous—symptoms of pregnancy, what women go through to bring their precious children into the world is, simply put, AMAZING and you should be lauded.
"Frankly, I don't care how 'terrible' or 'inappropriate' anyone thinks I look. I will gladly gain 50 pounds and suffer sleepless, uncomfortable nights if it means upping my chances to deliver two healthy baby girls. Now it's about more than aesthetics. I want these babies to have the best start possible. And that hopefully means my belly that 'looks like it's about to explode!' will continue to grow the next few weeks."
She continues by encouraging us to take a note from our mothers and don't say anything if we don't have something nice to say at all. We couldn't agree more—and of course, Fehlinger, we're raising our Shirley Temples to you and can't wait to see your twin girls who are so lucky to have a mom like you!
— Jeannette Brugger (@jbrug) August 21, 2015