MICHELLE OBAMA HAD MISCARRIAGE, USED IVF TO CONCEIVE
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.