Michelle Obama Opens Up About Her Miscarriage, Going Through IVF

Former first lady Michelle Obama said she felt “lost and alone” after suffering a miscarriage about 20 years ago, during an exclusive interview with “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts.

Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks to ABC News’ Robin Roberts for a prime-time ABC special on her memoir, “Becoming.

“I felt like I failed because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them,” Obama said. “We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken.”

I think it’s important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen.

Michelle added, “That’s one of the reasons why I think it’s important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen.”

She told Roberts that it hit her at ages 34 and 35 that “the biological clock is real” and “egg production is limited.”

Obama revealed to Roberts that she underwent in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in other to conceive her two daughters.
“I realized that as I was 34 and 35,” said Obama, now the mother of 17-year-old Sasha and 20-year-old Malia. “We had to do IVF.”

 

BECOMING

The former first lady, known for her advocacy for women and girls around the world, decided to get candid about her miscarriage and her journey to motherhood in
“Becoming” to help other women.

Book cover for Michelle Obama’s new memoir, “Becoming.”

“I think it’s the worst thing that we do to each other as women, not share the truth about our bodies and how they work,” Obama told Roberts.

I know too many young couples who struggle and think that somehow there’s something wrong with them.

Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks to ABC News’ Robin Roberts for a prime-time ABC special on her memoir, “Becoming.”

Yet she is also candid about the bleaker periods of her marriage. She revealed for the first time that the couple sought counseling when their relationship was under stress.

“Marriage counseling for us was one of those ways where we learned how to talk out our differences,”. “I know too many young couples who struggle and think that somehow there’s something wrong with them. And I want them to know that Michelle and Barack Obama, who have a phenomenal marriage. We work on our marriage, and get help when we need it.
“This was my pivot point,” she writes. “My moment of self-arrest. ”But what stung the most, was the continuous, false allegations that her husband was a secret Muslim, born overseas.

She writes in the memoir about how Donald Trump and other so-called birthers in 2011 began to openly question her. They were trying know whether her husband was an American citizen. She described their actions as “crazy and mean-spirited.

“What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this, I’d never forgive him.”

Also, she recalled her reaction when she viewed Trump’s Access Hollywood video. He brags about assaulting women, saying her “body buzzed with fury after hearing that tape”.

She described how Trump seemed to “stalk” Hillary Clinton during an election debate, “trying to diminish her presence with his” and sending the message, “I can hurt you and get away with it.”

When Trump was elected president, she says she was surprised that so many women chose a “misogynist” over “an exceptionally qualified female candidate.”

Obama says she is just beginning to process all that happened since her husband first began to talk about running for president a dozen years ago. Today, as she looks ahead to a new beginning, one thing seems clear: It’s unlikely that she will ever run for office.

“I’ve never been a fan of politics. My experience over the last 10 years has done little to change that. I continue to be put off by the nastiness.”

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