Pregnant meteorologist Katie Fehlinger takes on haters
Pregnant TV meteorologist Katie Fehlinger has hit back at haters calling her a "sausage in casing" and telling her "sticking your pregnant abdomen out like that is disgusting".
In a Facebook post the 41-year-old, who is almost 35 weeks pregnant with twins, takes on negative social media comments she's received about her pregnant on-air appearances.
"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 & suffer sleepless, uncomfortable nights if it means upping my chances to deliver two healthy baby girls."
The CBS meteorologist says she tried to ignore the negativity at first. "I didn't respond, I tried to move on, but it really hurt my feelings," she told Yahoo Parenting.
"Then I got another one this week, about looking 'disgusting,' and a switch flipped for me," she told the website. "I had a moment of clarity – I didn't get embarrassed or hurt. I got fed up."
She finishes her manifesto with an invitation to all to raise a Shirley Temple (an alcohol free cocktail) "to swollen feet, stretch marks, nausea, all the extra pounds and the dark circles! They're badges of motherhood.
"And for those of you who think that's 'disgusting,' remember a woman went through the very same thing to bring you into the world."
The post has since been liked almost 50,000 times and Fehlinger says she's overwhelmed at the response.
"I never expected this. In truth, I went in hoping for some catharsis more than anything. But, when you think about it, it's one of the most relatable topics out there.
"Everyone has a mum. Every human being on earth is here because a woman went through this journey...and that should be celebrated."