CBS3 Philadelphia meteorologist Katie Fehlinger usually ignores the haters (a commonality among people on TV), but recently she couldn't ignore the latest crop of trolls who berated her for working while pregnant. For some unknown reason, they were offended by her belly, which housed two twin girls.
A then 9-months pregnant and still working Fehlinger, who gave birth to the little Parker and Kaeden this Wednesday (congrats!), took to her Facebook page in early August to address the working-pregnant-woman shamers in question.
"So, the nature of my job makes me an easy target for criticism. 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," she wrote.
She went on to say that though everyone can face criticism and rude comments, the attacks were directed at a pregnant woman. One who looks like many other pregnant women do.
She then sent a message to other mothers.
"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 & suffer sleepless, uncomfortable nights if it means upping my chances to deliver 2 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.
I say let's raise a Shirley Temple 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.
In the meantime, let's all remember the lesson Mom taught us — if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.
That was the second post Fehlinger had written addressing the public. The first was about people's concerns that she was working too late into her pregnancy.
In a post more than a week earlier, she assured them that wasn't the case.
"Just wanted you all to understand, no one is forcing me to work & my doctor has cleared me to continue for now. It's a personal choice ..." she wrote.
Then on August 24, the local newspaper celebrated the mom-to-be doing her thing, haters be damned.
"I have to say it again — just can't believe the outpouring of (now) worldwide support for ALL moms out there. Thank you all..." she wrote.
"In the meantime, I'll keep plugging away as long as I can on the job ... intentionally zooming out on maps so the babies don't cover up any weather systems we're tracking (no, seriously!) ... waking up 20 minutes earlier so I can be on time to work (moving slowly these days) ... and packing a BIG lunch box of snacks to keep us all well fed between tv & radio hits."
Here's to working moms, before, after and right up until the baby is born, doing what's best for them and their family.