Michelle Obama’s, our Forever First Lady, highly anticipated memoir, Becoming, officially hits the stands on Tuesday and organizations such as the Associated Press and the Washington Post got their hands on the book early and have been sharing notable moments from the 426-page reflective piece.
Obama makes it a point to be open and vulnerable with some transformative moments in her life, including her openness on experiencing a miscarriage about 20 years ago. While speaking to GMA’s Robin Roberts in a special Sunday night primetime 20/20 episode, Obama spoke more about her trials on her journey to motherhood.
In the book she writes:
“It turns out even two committed go-getters with a deep love and a robust work ethic can’t will themselves into being pregnant.”
Obama was able to get pregnant naturally, but the pregnancy took a turn a few weeks later and she miscarried. That experience left her feeling lost and alone and as though she was the only woman in the world discovering this type of pain.
“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. So, that's one of the reasons why I think it's important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen,” she shared with Roberts.
Thanks to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), a process in which a woman’s egg is combined with a man’s sperm outside the body and then transferred to the uterus, Obama was able to conceive Malia and Sasha.
“The biological clock is real because egg production is limited and I realized that as I was 34 and 35. We had to do IVF. 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.”
In the book, Obama also reveals some other candid moments in her life including marriage counseling, her disdain for Donald Trump’s actions including the birther comments that put her and her family’s lives in jeopardy, and even smoking marijuana.
"That's part of the becoming story. Everybody had something that they had to work through, something that they were figuring out. Why would I hide that from the next generation?"
View this post on Instagram
Writing BECOMING has been a deeply personal experience. It has allowed me, for the very first time, the space to honestly reflect on the unexpected trajectory of my life. In this book, I talk about my roots and how a little girl from the South Side of Chicago found her voice and developed the strength to use it to empower others. I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be. I can't wait to share my story. Please visit the website in my bio for more information.
We appreciate her for keeping it all the way real with us and we cannot wait to crack open her book!
Ready. Set. Boss. Our daily email is pouring out inspiration with the latest #BlackGirlBossUp moments, tips on hair, beauty and lifestyle to get you on track to a better you! Sign up today.