10/06/2006 at 06:40 PM EDT
Marcia Cross and her husband, Tom Mahoney, are expecting twins in April, the actress confirmed Friday on Ellen DeGeneres's talk show.
"I was sort of blown away that I was having twins, so I just needed a minute to deal with it," the 44-year-old Desperate Housewives
star told DeGeneres, about her initial reticence to disclose that she was pregnant with twins. "So, we didn't tell anybody. We just said I was pregnant
. But as things happen in this town, it just got out, so everybody started congratulating me."
DeGeneres joined in the congratulations – and offered Cross two gifts: a double stroller and, as a gag, a helmet she rigged with two bottles strapped on with attachable pacifiers. "It's going to be hard to nurse both of them, so we want to help you out," DeGeneres quipped, before unveiling the helmet, as Cross laughed and accepted her gifts.
Cross and Mahoney, a 48-year-year-old stockbroker, were married in June.
Cross, who plays uptight Bree Van de Kamp on the ABC show, revealed no plans to involve her real-life pregnancy in the show's plot, joking with DeGeneres, "I'll hide behind things."
Nevertheless, Desperate Housewives
creator Marc Cherry issued his congratulations. "Everyone on the show is so happy for her," he told PEOPLE last month. "She's going to be a fabulous mom."