The weather presenter has been shamed on social media for her pregnancy shape. [Photo: Facebook/Katie Fehlinger]
Kim Kardashian knows only too well what it’s like to be body-shamed while pregnant. The reality star was criticised left, right and centre for her shape when expecting North West – and sadly it’s by no means an uncommon occurrence.
Katie Fehlinger, a meteorologist at CBS Philadelphia who’s heavily pregnant with twins, has revealed she’s been verbally abused on social media for her pregnancy figure.
She’s been called “disgusting” and told she looks like a “sausage in casing” by viewers who’ve clearly forgotten that the only reason they’re around today is because their mum once got pregnant with them.
And while Katie’s dealt with nasty comments before, she felt like these attacks on her pregnant shape were a step too far. After all, just because she’s a public figure, why should that open her up to comments on her blossoming baby bump?
“The one that came in about the sausage in casing, that one upset me the most,” she tells Yahoo Parenting. “I didn’t respond, I tried to move on, but it really hurt my feelings. Then I got another one this week, about looking ‘disgusting,’ and a switch flipped for me. I had a moment of clarity — I didn’t get embarrassed or hurt. I got fed up.”
Katie’s continued to appear on camera while waiting for her twin girls to arrive. [Photo: Facebook/Katie Fehlinger]
The weather reader took the matter into her own hands and dealt with the cruel comments with an empowering Facebook post, titled, “A message for the haters…”
“The nature of my job makes me an easy target for criticism,” she wrote. “I will always understand that, and I will most typically just ignore it. However, after someone blatantly called me a ‘sausage in casing’ and another declared that ‘sticking your pregnant abdomen out like that is disgusting,’ I felt a need to draw a line and speak up.
“Everyone’s right to their opinion is important, but so are manners. And while rude comments like these will never make me feel the need to change anything about myself, I find a bigger underlying issue here. These particular nasty-grams were directed at a pregnant woman. 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.”
Let’s take a moment to appreciate how GOOD Katie looks pregnant. [Photo: Facebook/Katie Fehlinger]
Fehlinger says she realised that the negative comments were not just directed at her, but at “every woman who has ever gone through the rigors of pregnancy,” she says. “I am seeing mums-to-be every week at my OB’s office and I feel like this is something that should be celebrated — what women go through to bring children in to the world.”
The response to her message — which Fehlinger posted on her professional Facebook page but was also shared on CBS Philly’s page — has been overwhelmingly positive, applauding Fehlinger for speaking up and encouraging critics to keep their thoughts to themselves.
Over 5,700 comments have poured in, including this one from a Fehlinger fan: “I watch you every morning and enjoy your upbeat attitude. Ignore the haters. Having been in your pregnant position 3 times, I understand all [you’re] going through. It will all be worth it!”
And from another user: “If you get the forecast wrong, a viewer might feel justified in being frustrated or even critical. As you said, that is the nature of what you do. Aside from wishing you well, NO ONE has the right to comment on your pregnancy or appearance.”
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