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Pregnant News Anchor Responds To Viewer Who Called Her Maternity Dress 'Trashy'

emily.mcwilliams 16 Oct 2019

Maternity fashion has changed a lot. Pregnant women were forced to wear loose, baggy dresses, which, while comfortable, weren't the most fashionable options.

Now, maternity clothes are very on-trend with modern styles, but some people haven't kept up with these changes.

Maternity fashion used to consist of baggy and loose dresses.

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It was once considered improper for pregnant women to be seen in public, so when they did go out, they were expected to cover up.

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Princess Diana was one of the first royals and celebrities to make pregnancy fashionable.

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Though, she was still restricted to shapeless silhouettes.

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Now, maternity clothes tend to be form-fitting and follow current fashion trends.

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Other than the elastic waist in the jeans and some extra fabric for the baby bump, they are almost indistinguishable from regular clothes.

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Morgan Kolkmeyer is a meteorologist for WGN Morning News in Chicago.

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If you live in the Chicago area, chances are you watch Morgan every morning for your local weather update.

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Earlier this year, Morgan shared some personal news with viewers.

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She and her husband, Ryan, announced they were expecting their first child together.

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A baby boy will be joining their family in January 2020.

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The couple is so excited to welcome their first baby, and Morgan has been keeping viewers updated through her social media channels.

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Like a lot of news anchors and television personalities, Morgan has adopted a chic maternity style for her pregnancy.

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She's been sporting professional but fashionable dresses as her baby bump grows.

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And it's not unusual for viewers to compliment her on her outfits while she's on-air.

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Thanks to social media, television personalities and viewers can interact in real-time.

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Recently, Morgan wore this red, floral dress with sleeves on air.

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While Morgan looked lovely in the dress, it prompted some body-shaming comments from one viewer on the show's Facebook page.

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The commenter described Morgan's look as "trashy."

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They also advised her to get some "maternity dresses"... What do they think she's wearing? That is a maternity dress!

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Morgan didn't let the negative comment get her down.

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She shared it on her Facebook page and had the perfect reply to shut down the comment.

"If you think this (maternity) dress is tight, wait till you see me in 3 months," she said. She also signed off her reply as "Trashy Weather Girl."

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Since sharing her response, a number of Morgan's Facebook fans have commented with their support.

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This viewer commented saying that maternity clothes don't look like "tents" anymore. It's true — maternity clothes are much more fashionable now.

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Many people said that times have changed when it comes to maternity clothes.

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Most pregnant women are focused more on their comfort and if their clothes fit than their style. It's just a win-win if the clothes are comfy and cute.

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If anything, many viewers said they look to Morgan's pregnancy style for inspiration.

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She's been rocking her maternity looks and viewers have noticed.

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Others pointed out that she was doing a great job with her career with her maternity wardrobe.

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Most pregnant women would not want to show off their changing bodies on TV while explaining the weather. It's a tough job and Morgan handled this rude comment perfectly.

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Sadly, Morgan isn't the first woman working in television to be body-shamed while pregnant.

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In 2017, a news anchor named Laura Warren in Augusta, Georgia received a call from a viewer criticizing her appearance.

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The viewer left a voicemail on Laura's phone saying that she looked like she had a "watermelon strapped" under her clothes.

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The caller also advised her to go to Target and buy some "decent maternity clothes".

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Laura was shaken by the comments.

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"Being pregnant is already one of the most emotional, insecure times of your life. Am I gaining too much weight? Am I gaining enough weight? Is my bump too high?" she wrote in a blog post about the incident.

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She also opened up about the insecurity of being pregnant while working in the television industry.

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"Now, throw yourself in front of a camera that adds 20 pounds every night, find clothes that not only fit, but also don't make you look like a whale, and cake on enough hair and makeup products twice a day to moonlight as a Las Vegas showgirl, and you'll understand where I'm coming from," she said.

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However, like Morgan, Laura wasn't going to let the haters get her down.

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In an honest and lengthy blog post, Lauren addressed the comments head-on.

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She opened up about the effects these comments had on her and how she planned on taking the high road.

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"So, ​I think instead of letting this lady get me down, I'm just going to turn her negative energy into positive energy," she said.

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Both of these stories highlight the unfair scrutiny pregnant women face, especially those who work in television.

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By sharing these experiences, Morgan and Laura have started an important conversation about body-shaming women during pregnancy.

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