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Michelle Obama Reveals She Underwent IVF to Have Sasha and Malia

She said she had a miscarriage 20 years ago and "felt like I failed."
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  • Michelle Obama reveals in her new book she struggled with her fertility.
  • The former first lady says she had a miscarriage 20 years ago and felt like she "failed."
  • She also reveals she underwent IVF to conceive her daughters, Malia and Sasha.

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Michelle Obama is opening up about her life in a new memoir, Becoming. And in the book, she reveals she struggled with fertility issues before conceiving her two daughters, Sasha and Malia. In an interview with Robin Roberts for a special on the book, which will air on ABC Sunday night, the former first lady said she had a miscarriage 20 years ago.

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“I felt lost and alone, and I felt like I failed because I didn't know how common miscarriages were, because we don't talk about them,” Obama said. “We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken. That's one of the reasons why I think it's important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen.”

She also said she underwent in vitro fertilization in her mid-30s in order to conceive her two daughters, after realizing “the biological clock is real, because egg production is limited.”

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Obama told Roberts she decided to tell her story so women know they are not alone if they're struggling to start a family. “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,” she said.

From: ELLE US

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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