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