Former US First Lady, Michelle Obama

Former US First Lady, Michelle ObamaIMAGE: Getty

With her highly anticipated memoir, Becoming, due for release shortly, former US First Lady, Michelle Obama has been talking about her personal life like never before.

In an interview on US television show, Good Morning America she revealed that she and husband, former US President Barack Obama used IVF to conceive their daughters Sasha and Malia. She also said that she had a miscarriage over 20 years ago.

She said the experience left her feeling ‘lost and alone’.

 “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.

“That's one of the reasons why I think it's important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen.”

One of the last taboos, miscarriages are rarely talked about yet are extremely common. According to the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) it’s thought an estimated 20 per cent of pregnancies ends in miscarriage. The real number may be more, as women often don’t realise they’re pregnant in those early weeks. 

While many women go on to conceive and have healthy babies after miscarriages, the experience of losing a baby can be traumatic and leave emotional scars. If you or someone you know has had a miscarriage and is in need of support, The Miscarriage Association of Ireland can offer help.

READ: What its Really Like to Have Multiple Miscarriages

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