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Michelle Obama had miscarriage, used IVF to conceive girls

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Adrian Cunningham | 09 November, 2018, 22:03

Michelle Obama is opening up about having a miscarriage about twenty years ago.

For many, Barack and Michelle Obama's nearly-three decades long romance is the ultimate relationship goals, but the former First Lady wants people to know that a good marriage and partnership takes work - and that it's not wrong to ask for help when you need it.

"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 on Friday on ABC's Good Morning America breakfast show.

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

Obama, 54, said she and her husband and former president Barack Obama underwent fertilization treatments to conceive daughters Sasha and Malia, now 17 and 20. "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 because egg production is limited and I realized that as I was 34 and 35".

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Becoming also tells of the hurt Mrs Obama felt at being portrayed as an "angry black woman" by critics after her husband chose to run for president.

She also writes about falling in love.

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

The announcement comes ahead of Tuesday's release of Obama's memoir Becoming, in which she details everything from her Chicago childhood, studying at Princeton and Harvard to becoming the country's first Black first lady.

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Despite working to build a "phenomenal" relationship together, Michelle also admits in her book that the romance between the two nearly never happened - because she insisted that they should just be friends.

Once Barack announced his run for president in 2007, she threw herself into what would be a bruising campaign.

"I was female, black and strong, which to certain people ... translated only to 'angry.' It was another damaging cliché, one that's been forever used to sweep minority women to the perimeter of every room". She also says they have been through marriage counseling "where we learned how to talk out our differences".

She said she reacted in shock to Mr Trump's presidential victory and "tried to block it all out".

In some of her most extensive public comments on her White House years, the former first lady also lets her fury fly over President Donald Trump's "bigotry and xenophobia" - dangerous, deliberate rhetoric, she wrote, that risked her family's safety. "And for this, I'd never forgive him".

She is sure to make headlines when she shares her anger at Donald Trump and other birthers who questioned whether her husband was an American citizen.

As he left for Paris Friday, Trump chose not to respond to the former first lady, telling reporters, "Oh, I guess she wrote a book".

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

She writes of Mr Trump following Mrs Clinton around the stage, standing nearby and "trying to diminish her presence".