This Tweet Thread Proves Why Michelle Obama Sharing Her Miscarriage Story Is So Important

By Una Dabiero for Fairygodboss

In case you didn’t think you could love Michelle Obama any more than you already do, her first autobiography is enough to make your heart sing.  The former first lady’s book, Becoming, just hit the shelves. But it’s already making a huge impact. 

In the book, Michelle opens up about a variety of issues. 

Early coverage of Becoming — including Michelle’s early press appearances for the book — suggests the former FLOTUS digs deep. She discusses growing up in Chicago, being a first generation college student, couples therapy with Former President Barack Obama, and how her husband’s time as president took a toll on her personal life. 

But one of the most moving parts of her biography is the open dialogue surrounding her journey to motherhood. 

In a recent interview with Good Morning America to promote her book, Michelle shared she felt “lost and alone” after a miscarriage she experienced twenty years ago. 

“I felt like I failed because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them,” she said. “We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken … I think it’s important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen.”

She also shared that she underwent IVF treatments to conceive Malia and Sasha. 

@BritiniDWrites, writer and founder of, wrote a viral tweet thread that perfectly explains why Michelle’s fertility talk is so important. 

She shared her mother’s story of miscarriage and the importance of education, while also reminding us that Black women’s fertility stories are often left out of the conversation. 

And the replies are golden. 

Women came to share their own struggles, or the struggles of their loved ones, to show how much discussion can remedy loneliness and shame.

I didn’t know this lady could get any more inspiring, but there she goes again. When women share their voices, they’re unstoppable. Michelle’s vulnerable story empowering other women is a perfect illustration of that fact. 

Una Dabiero is an editorial associate at Fairygodboss. She likes pop culture, reading things that make her think, and hearing women’s stories. Follow her on the FGB community.
This article originally appeared on Fairygodboss. As the largest career community for women, Fairygodboss provides millions of women with career connections, community advice, and hard-to-find intel about how companies treat women.

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