Saturday, November 10, 2018

Michelle Obama opens up about miscarriage and infertility struggle

This week, the former first lady publicly disclosed a personal secret that she has been holding back for the past two decades.

In an exclusive interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts, Michelle Obama revealed that she and husband Barack Obama, the former president, suffered a miscarriage twenty years ago as they struggled to start a family.

Biological clock

Obama appeared on the program as part of a promotional tour for her new memoir “Becoming,” which is set to be released Tuesday. In it, she reveals their fertility struggle for the first time.

“It turns out that even two committed go-getters with a deep love and robust work ethic can’t will themselves into being pregnant,” she wrote.

In the book, Obama further revealed, in addition to the miscarriage, that she and Barack were forced to turn to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to conceive both of their daughters, Malia and Sasha. The girls are now 20 and 17, respectively.

“The biological clock is real,” she told Roberts, saying she was 34 when they turned to IVF.

Watch below:

Michelle Obama opens up about miscarriage, new memoir ‘Becoming’

The former first lady also speaks out about President Trump and more in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts ahead of the release of her memoir.

Tearing down the public-private barrier

Obama told Roberts that she felt “lost and alone” after her miscarriage. Bemoaning the fact that this subject is not discussed publicly became the theme of the conversation.

“I felt like I failed because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them,” she said. “We sit in our own pain, thinking somehow we’re broken.”

“I think it’s the worst thing that we do to each other as women, not share the truth about our bodies and how they work, and how they don’t work,” she added.

Obama said that it is for this reason that she has decided to make her personal struggles public: She is looking to create fellowship, and thus a psychological support system, among women with similar struggles.

Obama’s revelation is being hailed as brave and barrier-breaking by the media.

“What makes her story so remarkable is not that she and her husband had issues with fertility, but that she’s now talking about it and opening the door for the millions of women who had or currently have trouble conceiving to share their own stories,” wrote Washington Post author Colby Itkowitz.

The full in-depth interview “Becoming Michelle: A First Lady’s Journey with Robin Roberts” is set to air on ABC Sunday night, November 11.

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