Obama re­veals mis­car­riage trauma in mem­oirs

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Michelle Obama has said she felt “lost and alone” af­ter suf­fer­ing a mis­car­riage 20 years ago and un­der­went IVF to con­ceive her two daugh­ters.

She told ABC in an in­ter­view aired on Good Morn­ing Amer­ica that she felt like she had “failed be­cause I didn’t know how com­mon mis­car­riages were, be­cause we don’t talk about them”.

Michelle Obama, 54, said she and for­mer pres­i­dent Barack Obama “had to do IVF” to con­ceive Sasha and Malia, now aged 17 and 20.

In her me­moir Be­com­ing, set to come out on Tues­day, the for­mer first lady writes openly about grow­ing up in Chicago, con­fronting racism in pub­lic life and be­com­ing the coun­try’s first black first lady. She also re­flects on early strug­gles in her mar­riage to Barack Obama as he be­gan his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer and was of­ten away.

She writes that they met with a coun­sel­lor “a hand­ful of times”, and she came to re­alise that she was more “in charge” of her hap­pi­ness than she had re­alised. “This was my pivot point,” Mrs Obama ex­plains. “My mo­ment of self-ar­rest”.

The book also at­tacks Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, re­veal­ing her shock re­ac­tion on the night she learned he would re­place her hus­band in the White House.

She de­nounces Mr Trump’ s“birth er” cam­paign, which ques­tioned her hus­band’s cit­i­zen­ship, call­ing it big­oted and “de­lib­er­ately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks”.

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