Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Michelle Obama says had miscarriage, used IVF to conceive Malia and Sasha

Michelle Obama says had miscarriage, used IVF to conceive Malia and Sasha

The former first lady will be a guest on "Good Morning America" on Tuesday. In her upcoming book, Becoming, however, the mother of two shed light on some personal battles she long kept out of the public spotlight.

The "Being Mary Jane" star recently came public about her struggles with infertility in her book, "We're Going to Need More Wine", saying that she had multiple miscarriages.

In an interview with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, Obama shared that she and the former president have gotten marriage counseling in the past to help "talk out our differences".

On her miscarriage, she said: "We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we're broken".

However, not only does the former first lady reveal that she and former President Barack Obama struggled to conceive early in their marriage, she divulges that a few weeks after they finally did, they then lost their first baby to a miscarriage.

She said it was at that point she and husband Barack realized: 'We had to do IVF'. "We had to do IVF". "Because I didn't know how common miscarriages were because we don't talk about them".

'It was another damaging cliché, one that's been forever used to sweep minority women to the perimeter of every room. Her "sweet, attentive husband" was at the state legislature, "leaving me largely on my own to manipulate my reproductive system into peak efficiency".

Mrs Obama said that after meeting her husband at a Chicago law firm, she insisted they try to stay friends, despite a strong mutual attraction.


But what stung the most, she says, was the continuous, false allegations that her husband was a secret Muslim, born overseas.

Obama also uses her book to speak to the false accusations about her husband - namely the "birther" movement and questions to his patriotism - and how then-civilian Donald Trump egged them on.

"What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington", Obama writes.

"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 writes in the candid new book.

'What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family's safety at risk.

And she recalls how her body "buzzed with fury" after seeing the infamous Access Hollywood tape, in which Mr Trump brags about sexually assaulting women.

Obama also expresses disbelief over how so many women would choose a "misogynist" over Clinton in 2016.

But Mrs. Obama says she is unlikely to ever seek office: "I've never been a fan of politics, and my experience over the last 10 years has done little to change that". The full interview airs 9pm Sunday.

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