Michelle Obama Opens Up About Previous Miscarriage

The former First Lady also revealed she underwent IVF to conceive Sasha and Malia

Updated 11/09/18

Erika Goldring

Michelle Obama is opening up about her previous struggles getting pregnant and for good reason: She wants others to know they are not alone.

In an interview with Good Morning America Friday morning, to promote her new memoir, Becoming, the former First Lady discussed having a miscarriage 20 years ago. "I felt lost and alone, and I felt like I failed," she told host Robin Roberts of the experience. "Because I didn't know how common miscarriages were, because we don't talk about them. We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken."

She continued, “That’s one of the reasons I feel like it’s important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen.”

Obama went on to reveal that after miscarrying, she and President Barack Obama made the decision to undergo in-vitro fertilization. "The biological clock is real, because egg production is limited, and I realized that as I was 34 and 35," she said. "We had to do IVF." The Obamas now have two daughters, 20-year-old Malia and 18-year-old Sasha, and speaking out about her "journey to motherhood" is something Michelle deems incredibly important.

Other women in the public eye—including Chrissy Teigen, Beyoncé, and Kim Kardashian—have all previously also used their platforms to discuss their own challenges with fertility: Teigen has been outspoken about the fact that her children were conceived via IVF; Beyoncé has repeatedly opened up about her own miscarriage; and Kardashian let fans in on her decision to carry her third child via surrogate.

As Obama so aptly put it, “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."

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