Michelle Obama used IVF to conceive Malia and Sasha after devastating miscarriage

Michelle Obama, while appearing on Good Morning America, revealed that they 'had to do IVF' to conceive Sasha, 17, and Malia, 20


                            Michelle Obama used IVF to conceive Malia and Sasha after devastating miscarriage

Former First Lady Michelle Obama recently revealed that she conceived both her daughters, Sasha and Malia, through IVF. Reports state that she and her husband, former President Barack Obama, sought professional help after Michelle suffered a miscarriage 20 years ago.

Michelle, while appearing on Good Morning America, admitted feeling "lost and alone" after the tragedy and added that she 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. 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 said.

US President Barack Obama walks with his wife Michelle Obama (R) and two daughters Malia Obama (L) and Sasha Obama (2R) through Lafayette Park to St John's Church to attend service October 27, 2013 in Washington, DC (Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama walks with his wife Michelle Obama (R) and two daughters Malia Obama (L) and Sasha Obama (2R) through Lafayette Park to St John's Church to attend service October 27, 2013 in Washington, DC (Getty Images)

"I think it's important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen. That's one of the reasons why I think it's important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen," the former first lady said.

Michelle and Barack subsequently decided they "had to do IVF" to conceive her 17-year-old Sasha and 20-year-old Malia. Michelle had reportedly written about her struggles with fertility in her new memoir called 'Becoming'.

Michelle said that she was in the ages of 34 and 35 when she first realized that "the biological clock is real" and that "egg production is limited," according to reports.

The former first lady has reportedly spoken out in the hope of empowering others to share stories and pain too. "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," she said.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama stand next to their newly unveiled portraits during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, on February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. The portraits were commissioned by the Gallery, for Kehinde Wiley to create President Obama's portrait, and Amy Sherald that of Michelle Obama (Getty Images)
Former U.S. President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama stand next to their newly unveiled portraits during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, on February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. The portraits were commissioned by the Gallery, for Kehinde Wiley to create President Obama's portrait, and Amy Sherald that of Michelle Obama (Getty Images)

Michelle, in her memoir, also talked about the early days of her relationship with her husband, including their first kiss together. 

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

The couple, who have been married since 1992, also reportedly benefited from therapy, according to Michelle's memoir: "Marriage counseling for us was one of those ways where we learned how to talk out our differences,” Michelle said.

“I know too many young couples who struggle and think that somehow there's something wrong with them. And I want them to know that Michelle and Barack Obama, who have a phenomenal marriage and who love each other, we work on our marriage. And we get help with our marriage when we need it,” she added.