Michelle Obama reveals she had miscarriage, used IVF to conceive daughters

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By Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama says she felt “lost and alone” after suffering a miscarriage 20 years ago and underwent in vitro fertilization 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 former first lady said in an interview broadcast Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” ”We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken.”

Obama, 54, said she and Barack Obama underwent fertilization treatments to conceive daughters Sasha and Malia, now 17 and 20.

“I realized that as I was 34 and 35,” she 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 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.