Michelle Obama reveals she had a miscarriage 20 years ago and used IVF to conceive her daughters

  • Michelle Obama said in an interview with ABC that she had a miscarriage about 20 years ago and used in vitro fertilization to conceive her two daughters.
  • The former first lady said she had felt as if she “failed, because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were, because we don’t talk about them.”
  • Obama said that women are often silent about their bodies and that “it’s important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen.”

Michelle Obama said in an interview set to air on ABC on Sunday night that she had a miscarriage about 20 years ago and used in vitro fertilization to conceive her two daughters.

Obama said in a clip that aired Friday on “Good Morning America” that she “felt lost and alone” and as if she “failed, because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were, because we don’t talk about them.”

She said that she and her husband, former President Barack Obama, later used IVF to have their daughters, Sasha and Malia, who are now 17 and 20.

“We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken,” the former first lady said. “So that’s one of the reasons why I think it’s important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen and the biological clock is real.”

She added: “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.”

Obama was speaking ahead of the launch of her new book, “Becoming,” due out Tuesday.

In it, she also takes aim at President Donald Trump and writes about being in a state of shock after seeing the 2016 election results.