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Pregnant meteorologist fights back against body-shaming critics

A pregnant meteorologist in Philadelphia is fighting back against bullies who say she shouldn't be showing off her baby bump.

Katie Fehlinger of CBS3 and CW Philly, who's pregnant with twin girls, said she's been called a "sausage in casing" by one viewer, while another wrote to say that "sticking your pregnant abdomen out like that is disgusting."

Fed up by the cruel comments, Fehlinger took to Facebook to shut down body-shamers, writing that she refuses to change anything about herself. She also took the opportunity to stand up for pregnant women everywhere.

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"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."

She also had a message for the "haters": "Remember a woman went through the very same thing to bring YOU into the world."

Speaking up had a big impact on viewers — more than 75,000 people liked Fehlinger's post on Facebook, and it also inspired dozens more women to share photos of their own baby bumps online.

Fans of Fehlinger wrote that the mom-to-be looks "amazing" and refreshingly like a "real person."

Unfortunately, she's not the first pregnant woman to be body-shamed. Brittany Dykstra also fought back against cyberbullies earlier this month when people attacked her pregnancy photos. And in April, a meteorologist in Canada spoke up about critics who sent hate mail complaining about the clothes she wore during her pregnancy.

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