Obama reveals miscarriage trauma in memoirs
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”.