Michelle Obama says she felt 'lost and alone' after suffering a miscarriage 20 years ago, as she shares her experience of 'having to do' IVF in order to conceive her two daughters, Sasha and Malia, with husband Barack.

During an interview on Good Morning America, Michelle decided to share her experiences to help others who have also suffered a heartbreaking baby loss. Speaking to anchor Robin Roberts Michelle said, '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.' 

She added: 'That’s one of the reasons why I think it’s important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen.'

At the time, like many women, Michelle did not speak about her miscarriage, or her pregnancy struggles, which she now believes may not have been the best choice.

‘I think it is the worst thing that we do as women, sit around and not talk about our bodies,' she added.

Michelle also revealed that she and former President Barack Obama undertook IVF to conceive their daughters, now 20 and 17.

'The biological clock is real... egg production is limited' she said. 'I realised that when I was 34 or 35 [so] we had to do IVF.'

Michelle speaks more about her experience in new memoir, Becoming.