MARCIA CROSS ON PINS AND NEEDLES OVER NEW BABY

Published on: September 15, 2006
MARCIA CROSS ON PINS AND NEEDLES OVER NEW BABY

By ROBIN MIZRAHI & MICHAEL GLYNN

"Desperate Housewives" star Marcia Cross has someone special to thank for her pregnancy — her acupuncturist! Marcia, 44, was so desperate to have a baby with new hubby Tom Mahoney she turned to renowned specialist Dr. Yi Pan — co-founder of The Chinese Healing Institute in Los Angeles — to boost her chances of getting pregnant.

"She knew at her age her odds of conceiving had diminished, and she hoped acupuncture would help," said a close source. "When she found out she was expecting in July, she personally thanked Dr. Pan."

Pals say the radiant redhead is so excited she wants to keep the baby's gender a secret until Christmas as a special present for Tom. She asked her doctor to write down the sex on a piece of paper, which will be put in a sealed envelope with a note on the outside, 'Do Not Open Until Christmas.'"

The Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress married Tom, 48, a stockbroker, in June. She is due in April, when "Housewives" wraps its third season.