Michelle Obama: My IVF strug­gles For­mer First Lady had treat­ment to con­ceive daugh­ters

Irish Daily Mirror - - STATESIDE - CHRISTO­PHER BUCKTIN chris.bucktin@mir­ror.co.uk

BY US Ed­i­tor

MICHELLE Obama has re­vealed she turned to IVF to con­ceive her two daugh­ters af­ter los­ing an un­born child 20 years ago.

The for­mer First Lady, 54, said she felt “alone” and was un­aware of how com­mon mis­car­riages were “be­cause we don’t talk about them”.

She said: “We sit in pain, think­ing that some­how we’re bro­ken.”

Mrs Obama said she “had to do IVF” to con­ceive Malia and Sasha, now 20 and 17, be­cause of her age.

She said: “The bi­o­log­i­cal clock is real and egg pro­duc­tion is lim­ited. I re­alised that as I was 34 and 35.”

Mrs Obama re­vealed her ro­mance with her hus­band Barack, 57, al­most never hap­pened. She worked as his ad­viser at a Chicagob­ased law firm and vowed to keep their re­la­tion­ship pro­fes­sional, but that changed when he kissed her.

She said: “The feel­ings came rush­ing – a top­pling blast of lust, grat­i­tude, ful­fil­ment, won­der.”

The cou­ple mar­ried in Oc­to­ber 1992 and have been de­scribed as one of the world’s strong­est cou­ples.

But Mrs Obama said they needed mar­riage guid­ance to over­come some early is­sues. She said: “Coun­selling was how we learned how to talk out our dif­fer­ences. Too many cou­ples strug­gle and think there’s some­thing wrong with them.”

Mrs Obama was speak­ing on ABC’S Good Morn­ing Amer­ica to pro­mote her mem­oir Be­com­ing, which is out on Tues­day.

CLOSE FAM­ILY Michelle and Barack with Sasha and Malia in 2004. Above, girls in 2014

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