Marcia Cross did hours of weight-lifting and running in between breastfeeding to get back her pre-pregnancy figure.

The Desperate Housewives star gave birth to twin girls Eden and Savannah last February and endured a gruelling work out regime to get back in shape.

Marcia, 45, told Reveal magazine: “I was huge, 13 stone, and I was on bed rest – I could barely roll from one side of the bed to the other. I didn’t just bounce right back.

“I took this class called Burn 60 four or five times a week. It’s one hour of treadmill and weights. It was literally five minutes down the road, so as I was breastfeeding the girls, I’d run out, do the class and run back. Then I’d breastfeed.”

In the new series of the hit US drama Marcia’s character Bree is still wearing a baby bump as she is pretending to be pregnant to hide her daughter’s pregnancy from her neighbours. But Marcia admitted she felt pressured to lose weight for the show.

She said: “Because you’re in front of the camera, you just feel like you have to. I’ve come a long way, but I still have a bit to lose.”