'Your forties is not the time to be thinking about getting pregnant': Marcia Cross on how she doesn't want to be a 'poster-girl' for older mothers
She began fertility treatment aged 44 and went on to give birth to twin daughters Eden and Savannah.
But despite hailing her girls as 'a miracle', Marcia Cross has no illusions about having children later in life.
When asked about being the 'poster girl' for older mothers, The Desperate Housewife star, who had a difficult pregnancy, revealed it is not a good idea.
Marcia Cross stars in a 1920's-themed shoot for Easy Living magazine
She told Easy Living: 'Are you kidding It's a miracle I have these two daughters.
'Your forties is not the time to be thinking about getting pregnant.'
The 49-year-old, who looked stunning in a 1920's-themed shoot for the magazine, also revealed she began fertility treatment the day after her wedding to businessman Tom Mahoney – and didn't even go on honeymoon.
But while she became pregnant quickly, Marcia suffered from high blood pressure and was ordered to stay in bed in the last stages. She also developed pre-eclampsia and had to undergo an emergency C-Section.
The Desperate Housewives star revealed in an interview that although she loves being an older mother, it can be tiring
The actress said:' I didn't have time to be scare. It all happened so quickly. But it worked out and I love being a mother.
'I like bringing the girls on set, but if I can't do that then the next day I feel I have to be uber-mum to make up for it.
'Then I'm exhausted and feel like I'm running in fumes. What I lack in energy, I have in wisdom.'
Marcia, pictured earlier this month in Santa Monica, with husband Tom Mahoney and four-year-old twin daughters Eden and Savannah
The full interview features in the March edition of Easy Living, out Thursday 2nd February
Marcia, who plays Bree Van de Kamp, was recently busy filming the last episodes
of Desperate Housewives after eight seasons and will not be taking any
acting roles in the near future so she can concentrate on motherhood –
She said: 'I've had to watch my weight for the show and am looking forward to not having to think about it anymore.'
And despite turning 50 this year, Marcia's looks show little sign of waning.
She credits her flawless skin to always removing her make-up and religiously wearing sun-screen.
But she also revealed since having children, she rarely has time to exercise.
She doesn't however, rule out surgery.
She said: 'We (on the set of Desperate Housewives) say we'll do anything as long as it doesn't involve a knife!
'I'd never say no to surgery in the future, because I feel like, as I get older, I'm going to face temptation more.'
'Turning 50 is huge… it's monumental. But not in terms of beauty.
'It's about recognising how precious time is.'