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Marcia Cross, 44y, pregnant with first child

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, September 07, 2006 | 0 comments

By William Keck, USA TODAY
Marcia Cross is pregnant with her first child, her publicist confirms.

The Desperate Housewives actress, 44, wasted no time starting a family after exchanging "I do's" with first husband, 48-year-old stockbroker Tom Mahoney, on June 24. She is due in April, when Housewives will be wrapping production on Season 3.

In 2005, Cross expressed her strong desire to have a child. "I definitely want to be a mom — whether I have to have my own or not, we'll see," she told USA TODAY. Cross was well aware of the risks associated with later-in-life pregnancies, and spoke frankly that she might feel more confident adopting or even hiring a surrogate.

Many new mothers in their 40s, she said, rely on donated eggs — at a very costly price tag. "I don't like the average woman being misled into thinking that fertility is something that goes on forever," said Cross.

"When a woman gets older, they get donor eggs, which doesn't make the baby any less beautiful or perfect. One's own eggs only last so long, and sometimes at 43 or 44 you can have your own baby, but statistically it's very difficult and expensive. You don't want to wait that long."




About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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