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Michelle Obama Opens Up About Miscarriage And IVF

1 in 3 pregnancies end in miscarriage, so how come we don't talk about it more?
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Michelle Obama's new memoir "Becoming" is set for release on Tuesday, November 12th and she's cracking open the conversation on things we never caught wind of during her time in the White House or even in the 2 years following. But the gloves are off now, so to speak, and hearing the news about her own fertility struggles, including a miscarriage and the use of IVF to conceive daughters Sasha and Malia, was actually pretty endearing and entirely relatable.

"I felt lost and alone, and I felt like I failed," Obama related to Robin Roberts in an interview that ran Friday on "Good Morning America." "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."

One thing I've always respected about Michelle Obama is her genuine desire to connect with people on a personal level, and sharing her experiences about growing a family and dealing with disappointment and challenges is one that so many women, including myself, can relate to. I had two miscarriages back to back with two accompanying D&C's over 10 years ago and can remember feeling like I was drowning in failure and disappointment, not to mention fear, like it was yesterday. It wasn't until it happened to me that other friends came forward about their own experiences and I realized how common these issues were. WHY DON'T WE EVER TALK ABOUT IT?!

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For Michelle to put her story out there does a lot to help women going through their own fertility struggles feel a little less alone and we're glad for it!

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