In an exclusive interview on an upcoming prime time ABC special, Becoming, Michelle Obama speaks to Robin Roberts just before the release of her new book, of the same title. She speaks candidly about both her public and private life and for the first time, she reveals her private struggle with infertility.
So many women have these shared experiences and don’t speak enough about it openly. This leaves those suffering with challenges conceiving ,feeling a sense of shame and often questioning their womanhood. Obama talks about having a miscarriage and using IFV to conceive both her daughters. In the interview she says, “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.” Over the last few years, we’ve seen more women sharing their struggles in the media, in hopes that others who share the pain will know they are not alone. Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Angela Bassett and Chrissy Teigen are just a few who have shared their challenges conceiving.
Obama is a real life example of how easy it is for the time to go by so quickly without realizing. Focused on career, life, and marriage it’s easy to put motherhood on the back burner until you feel ‘ready’. When the time comes you realize your fertility is called into question. This is why it’s important that we share these stories so that younger women can prepare and be more knowledgable about their bodies and make better decisions so they are not faced with the same issues.
Her decision to be open about her struggle was all in the name of helping other women. “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, and how they don’t work.”
She even gets deep in her interview talking about the difficulties of marriage and why couples should seek counselling. She and Barack did that in order to get through some difficult times.
The full interview will air on ABC on Sunday November 11th at 9pm (US/Canada). Check your local channels to see when it airs in your country.