Teresa Strasser Expecting First Child

02/26/2009 at 08:00 AM ET

When former While You Were Out host Teresa Strasser found herself out of the running for a permanent spot on The View, she was left wondering what was missing in her life that would make her more appealing to the public eye. Her answer? A baby! “The producers said not only did they want a conservative, but also, they really needed someone who was likely to get pregnant in the coming season,” she writes in a blog entry for H Monthly. With no immediate plans to start a family — and single at the time — Teresa “cried like the babies Elisabeth Hasselbeck would eventually have.”

Fast-forward to six months ago and Teresa not only found herself married to IBM accountant Daniel Wachinski, but shares that the couple immediately began trying to expand their family of two. In an announcement made Friday on the last day of The Adam Carolla Show — which she co-hosted — the excited mama-to-be revealed that she is eight weeks pregnant with their first child! Delighted by the news, Teresa, who believes “babies are transformative, they make you more loving and patient,” can’t help but wonder about the “magical baby dust” that seems to have swept over Hollywood.

With internet searches for ‘baby bump’ producing millions of hits, Teresa blogs that the addition of a baby to a celebrity couple seems to boost their popularity with the media. “I used to think this was a brand new phenomenon, that because women have increasing power and earning potential, that it’s somehow comforting to know that we are still partially just baby-making machines,” she explains. “The threat we pose is mitigated by the hours we’ll spend pregnant, nursing, changing diapers, or otherwise tending to kiddies.”

Still, despite her realization of the newfound obsession with celebrity babies, Teresa tells her unborn child that she couldn’t be more thrilled — for all the right reasons.

“Because said baby may be reading this in ten years, I want to make it absolutely plain that we want a baby for all the normal, healthy, unselfish, non-career related reasons. Still, while I’m terrified or not about whether I’ll be a good mother, or have a healthy baby, or know how to love it fully … I’m totally confident about one thing: being pregnant is good for the business.”

Teresa is due in late September/early October.

Source: H Monthly, The Adam Carolla Show

Thanks to CBB reader Cyndi.

FILED UNDER: Expecting , News , Parenting

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Max'sMom on

Yeah, the first celebrity that will share my due date!

Shelly on

I used to like her but it sounds to ME that she’s wanting to have a baby just to get better jobs. “I’m totally confident about one thing: being pregnant is good for the business.” I’m sorry but this just makes her look very desperate to keep herself in the limelight. Yes she says that she wants a baby for all the “right” reasons but her last sentence kind of tops it for me. I wish her a happy and healthy pregnancy.

Brandi on

Well if you read the column you’ll see that she’s making light of the whole thing with her comments on Angelina and Brooke Burke. I used to watch Teresa on “while you were out” and she’s a very funny lady. Congrats to her on her pregnancy.

Jean on

Max’s mom, I was thinking the same thing!

Sanja on

People, she’s joking/being sarcastic! No one gets a joke any more!

posie on

I’m so happy for her. I’ve followed her on Adam Corolla and she is a bright, articulate woman that has always had a desire to find love and have kids. She is a genuine person and I wish her nothing but the best!

babyboopie on

8 weeks is too early to pronounce a baby!!

Stephanie on

babyboobie, Teresa said on the show that she knew it was early to be announced and she went back and forth over whether to share the news, but due to the sudden cancellation of the show and the fact that she has shared her desire to have a baby very openly with the listeners and gotten so much feedback from them, she felt like she wanted to share the news with them before they went off the air.

Teresa is hilarious and brilliant and I miss her already in my daily listening, and I’m very excited to hear her news!

Rose on

I find it incredibly irritating that the producers of The View think that we tune it just because someone is pregnant. I watched happily for years when there were no hosts on having babies – and I would have much preferred that they picked the best person for the job (and IMO, they didn’t), rather than just pick someone who wants to have children soon. Barbara Walters said in an interview once that people relate to Elisabeth because she’s a Mom. How insulting, to think that women only watch the show to see a Mom – I watch to hear intelligent conversation (and end up sadly disappointed on that front sometimes), and interesting hosts (and, IMO, being pregnant is not one of the factors that I consider whem I’m deciding whether or not someone is an interesting host), and relevant topics.

Anna on

I didn’t know Teresa Strasser was conservative. Cool! She would have been hilarious on The View.

Laura on

Teresa is definitely not conservative. She was saying that she didn’t qualify because she was neither conservative nor pregnant. I absolutely LOVE Teresa, and I’m very glad to hear that she’s pregnant because I know how much she wanted a baby. I hope she keeps on in radio- we neurotic Jewish women are a vanishingly small percentage of the voices in the media.

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