Former First Lady Michelle Obama revealed she had a miscarriage 20 years ago, and that she used in vitro fertilization (IVF) to help conceive her daughters, Sasha, 17, and Malia, 20.
Suffering a miscarriage made her feel “lost and alone,” Obama said in an interview.
“We were trying to get pregnant and it wasn’t going well,” Mrs. Obama, 54, writes in “Becoming,” set for release Tuesday. The Associated Press purchased an early copy.
“We had one pregnancy test come back positive, which caused us both to forget every worry and swoon with joy, but a couple of weeks later I had a miscarriage, which left me physically uncomfortable and cratered any optimism we felt.”
“I felt like I failed … I didn’t know how common miscarriages were, because we don’t talk about them.”
“We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken,” she said. “That’s one of the reasons I feel like it’s important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen.”
“We had to do IVF,” she said. “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 and how they don’t work.”