Michelle Obama reveals daughters were conceived by IVF

Michelle Obama reveals daughters were conceived by IVF

Barack and Michelle Obama suffered miscarriage and had marriage counseling

"I felt like I failed because I didnt know how common miscarriages were because we dont talk about them," the former first lady said in an interview broadcast Friday on ABCs "Good Morning America."

Michelle Obama, 54, said she and Barack Obama underwent fertilization treatments to conceive daughters Sasha and Malia, now 17 and 20.

Michelle Obama used IVF to conceive daughters after heartbreaking miscarriage

"I realized that as I was 34 and 35, we had to do IVF," Mrs Obama said in excerpts from an ABC special set to air Sunday. 

Michelle Obama, the woman who served alongside husband Barack Obama as Americas first family for two terms, has long been a beloved and relatable figure in the country. In her upcoming book, Becoming, however, the mother of two shed light on some personal battles she long kept out of the public spotlight. 

Among those struggles were her and Baracks challenges starting a family. As ABC News anchor Robin Roberts reported on Friday, Michelle had gotten pregnant and then suffered a miscarriage. 

Now 54, Obama said she felt lost and alone after a miscarriage 20 years ago. I felt like I failed because I didnt know how common miscarriages were, because we dont talk about them, she said in an interview broadcast on Friday on ABCs Good Morning America breakfast show. We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow were broken.

“I felt lost and alone and I felt like I failed because I didnt know how common miscarriages were because we dont talk about them,” Obama said in the exclusive interview with Roberts. “We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow were broken.”

Michelle Obama opens up about miscarriage, IVF and Donald Trump in her new memoir

Through in-vitro fertilization, the couple conceived their two daughters, Malia, 20, and Sasha, 17. “Thats one of the reasons why I think its important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen and the biological clock is real because egg production is limited and I realized that as I was 34 and 35. We had to do IVF,” she told Roberts. “I think its 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 dont work.” 

Trump suggested repeatedly and loudly in high-profile public forums that Barack Obama, who father was Kenyan, was not born in the US but on foreign soil and therefore ineligible for president. In fact, Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and eventually displayed his birth certificate. Trump eventually, reluctantly, conceded the US president was American-born.

Michelle Obama Opens Up About Miscarriage and IVF

While the couples 26-year-marriage and seemingly strong relationship has uplifted and inspired Americans everywhere, the author also shared in the book that they sought counseling after their schedules took a toll on their relationship. 

Obama writes: The whole thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks. Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my familys safety at risk. And for this Id never forgive him.

Michelle Obama reveals she had a miscarriage in effort to end stigma

Why? “For those young people out there who think that marriage is supposed to be easy,” Michelle sad in the interview. “Marriage counseling for us was one of those ways where we learned how to talk out our differences.”

“What I learned about myself was that my happiness was up to me and I started working out more, I started asking for help—not just from him, but from other people. I stopped feeling guilty. Its important for me to take care of myself—thats not on Barack,” she told Roberts.

“I know too many young couples who struggle and think that somehow theres something wrong with them and I want them to know that Michelle and Barack Obama, who have a phenomenal marriage and who love each other—we work on our marriage and we get help with our marriage when we need it.”

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Americas first black first lady reveals she her and her husband, Barack Obama, sought marriage counselling and struggled to get pregnant after she suffered a miscarriage. They underwent in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatments to conceive daughters Malia and Sasha, now 20 and 17.

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The couple met at the Chicago law firm Sidley Austin. In the book, Obama also describes falling in love one summer night in Chicago. As soon as I allowed myself to feel anything for Barack, the feelings came rushing – a toppling blast of lust, gratitude, fulfilment, wonder.

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Obama, a former lawyer and hospital administrator, also disclosed her marriage went through some rocky times, especially after Barack Obama joined the Illinois state legislature, leaving her at home where she was forced to administer IVF shots herself.

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Read more Before departing the White House for France on Friday, Trump was asked about Obamas book. He said: Michelle Obama got paid a lot of money to write a book and they always insist you come up with controversy. Ill give you some back.

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She said: The biological clock is real … egg production is limited. I realised as I was 34 and 35, we had to do IVF. I think its the worst thing that we do to each other as women, not share the truth about our bodies and how they work.

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Read more The revelations came before Tuesdays release of Obamas 426-page memoir, Becoming, likely to be a huge hit and reignite speculation over whether she might run for president – a move she has always ruled out.

Michelle Obama Tells The Story Of Becoming Herself — And The Struggle To Hang On

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Obama also says she will never forgive Trump for peddling false conspiracy theories about her husbands birthplace which, she says, put her familys life in danger from wingnuts and kooks.

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In the book, Obama proves willing to mix it up. She accuses Trump of putting her familys safety at risk by spreading the false birther conspiracy theory against her husband.

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