Former US First Lady, Michelle Obama, says she felt “lost and alone” after having a miscarriage 20 years ago and underwent in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to conceive her two daughters.
“I felt like I failed because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them,” the 54-year-old said in an interview broadcast Friday on ABC’s Good Morning America. ″We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken.”
Mrs. Obama said she and President Barack Obama underwent fertilisation treatments to conceive daughters Sasha and Malia, now 17 and 20.
“I realised that as I was 34 and 35,” the famously fit Mrs. Obama said in excerpts from an ABC special set to air Sunday. “We had to do IVF.”
The revelations come ahead of Tuesday’s release of Mrs. Obama’s memoir Becoming, in which she writes openly about everything from growing up in Chicago to confronting racism in public life and becoming the country’s first black first lady.
She lets loose a blast of anger at President Donald Trump, writing how she reacted in shock the night she learned he would replace her husband in the Oval Office and tried to “block it all out.”
Mrs Obama denounces Trump’s years-long “birther” campaign questioning her husband’s citizenship, calling it bigoted and dangerous, “deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.” Trump suggested Obama was not born in the U.S. but on foreign soil — his father was Kenyan. The former president was born in Hawaii.
She expresses disbelief over how so many women would choose a “misogynist” over Clinton in 2016. She remembers how her body “buzzed with fury” after seeing the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, in which Trump brags about sexually assaulting women.