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Michelle Obama says she felt alone af­ter a mis­car­riage 20 years ago and she and Barack Obama un­der­went fer­til­ity treat­ments to con­ceive their two daugh­ters, ac­cord­ing to her up­com­ing mem­oir. Her deeply per­sonal ac­count of her­mar­riage to the fu­ture pres­i­dent shed light on the Ivy League-ed­u­cated cou­ple’s early struggle with is­sues of fam­ily, am­bi­tion and pub­lic life. “We were try­ing to get preg­nant and it wasn’t go­ing well,” Mrs. Obama, 54, writes in

Be­com­ing, out Tues­day. “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.” The Oba­mas opted for in-vitro fer­til­iza­tion, which typ­i­cally in­volves re­mov­ing eggs from a woman, fer­til­iz­ing them with sperm in a lab, and im­plant­ing the re­sult­ing em­bryo. It costs thou­sands of dol­lars for every “cy­cle,” and many cou­ples re­quire more than one at­tempt. Obama writes of be­ing alone to ad­min­is­ter her­self shots to help has­ten the process. Her “sweet, at­ten­tive hus­band” was at the state leg­is­la­ture, “leav­ing me largely on my own to ma­nip­u­late my re­pro­duc­tive sys­tem into peak ef­fi­ciency,” she said.

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