I CONCEIVED THROUGH IVF : MICHELLE OBAMA

Former First Lady Michelle Obama has revealed in her memoir that she had a miscarriage and used in vitro fertilisation to conceive both children, Malia and Sasha.

Mrs Obama told ABC's Good Morning America she felt "lost and alone" after her miscarriage 20 years ago.

Mrs Obama, a former lawyer and hospital administrator, said "I felt like I failed 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 said, adding that "it's important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen".
She said that when she was around 34 years old, she realized that "the biological clock is real" and that "egg production is limited", which made her decide to seek in-vitro fertilisation.

"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.

Mrs Obama revealed that the couple's relationship struggled at times, especially after her husband joined the state legislature, leaving her at home where she was forced to administer IVF shots herself.

"Marriage counselling for us was one of those ways where we learned how to talk out our differences," she told ABC.

She also describes falling in love with Mr Obama one summer night in Chicago.

"As soon as I allowed myself to feel anything for Barack," she writes, "the feelings came rushing - a toppling blast of lust, gratitude, fulfilment, wonder."

But in contrast to her orderly box-checking, Obama says her husband was "a swerver." She describes a moment while they were dating. "I'm snuggling, and I'm like, 'What's on your mind, babe?,' thinking he's going to talk about my eyes. Instead, "he'll say something like 'world peace and hunger and you know, fixing the economy.' And I'm like, 'Is that what you're thinking?' "

Obama says it was "a little destabilizing to be a box-checker married to a serial swerver," and that she started questioning herself because she "could feel the force of his beliefs."

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