Former US first lady Michelle Obama has revealed that she had a miscarriage about two decades ago. She shared this and other previously unknown details of her motherhood through her memoir.
In the memoir, Obama elaborated about having to undergo in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to conceive her two daughters Sasha Obama and Malia Ann Obama, now 20 and 17 years old.
Through her book, titled 'Becoming', she has talked of the 'reality of the biological clock' and emphasised the significance of discussing issues like miscarriage. In her efforts to motivate women to talk more openly about talk about these matters, Michelle Obama she has opens up about her story first.
The former first lady has been active in her endeavours towards women's empowerment and on raising awareness towards education for girls for a decade now, if not more. During Barack Obama's second term as President she also championed healthy eating and led a campaign against obesity.
Married since 1992, the Obamas have been hailed by many as a poster couple of grace and maturity. In October, Michelle Obama, in response to a question, shared 'the secret' to a happy married life:
During an appearance on the International Day of the Girl, Michelle Obama opened up regarding different aspects of her life. On being asked about the key to successful marriage, Ms Obama hilariously explained, “One of the keys to a successful marriage is separate bathrooms.”
“When he enters my bathroom sometimes I’m like, ‘Why are you in here?’ And he’s like, ‘I live here. Can I enjoy my bathroom too?’”
On asked about her equation with her husband and her family, Ms Obama said, “He’s been good. We’ve both been busy. We’re working on books, so that keeps us busy… And we’ve got kids in college. One kid in college [Malia]. One on the way [Sasha]. So we’ve got a senior in high school, so it’s all the drama that goes with… senior year is quite intense because it’s testing, it’s applications, it's graded. So we are riding that wave with our seniors.”
The excerpts about Michelle Obama's life could be found in her new memoir 'Becoming'. The memoir is all set to come out on Tuesday.
The blurb of the book reads as follows:
An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States
In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America - the first African-American to serve in that role - she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations - and whose story inspires us to do the same.