Hasselbeck says she tried to keep her cool during her heated
on-air spat with Rosie O'Donnell on The View
earlier this year.
''I almost had
the same feeling in me as when I had a championship
(softball) game and I was up to bat and the pressure was
on,'' the 30-year-old cohost tells Pregnancy
magazine. ''I'm very lucky that tears didn't come out.
But unfortunately when a woman cries, it's never seen
as a sign of strength and never seen in a positive
left The View in May. She chose to depart the
ABC daytime talk show earlier than planned following her
on-air confrontation with Hasselbeck.
is pregnant with her second child, remains one of the
chatfest's more conservative voices.
conservative mother isn't the challenge,'' says Hasselbeck,
who appears on the cover of the magazine's November
issue, on newsstands Tuesday. ''Being a conservative
in New York City on television is the challenge.''
announced her pregnancy in April. She and her husband, Tim
Hasselbeck, have a 2-year-old daughter, Grace.
motherhood has validated the strong opinions for which she
has been criticized.
''Once I had
Grace, I had more reassurance and affirmation as to why I
have felt the things I've felt for a long time,'' she says.
''And as a mom, now I want to make sure that the
decisions I'm making and the votes that I'm casting
are going to create long-term benefits for Grace and my
next child and, hopefully, more to come after that.'' (AP)