25.11.2022
Martha Kalifatidis shows off her growing baby bump after horrendous morning sickness

Martha Kalifatidis has shown worried fans that she’s bumping along nicely, despite the struggles she’s enduring during her pregnancy.

On Friday, the Married at First Sight star showed off her growing belly in her Instagram stories.

In a promotional post for a Black Friday sale, the 34-year-old bared her bump while wearing a beige crop top under a flannel shirt.

Martha added a pair of pink tracksuit bottoms to the casual and comfortable outfit.

She looked brighter and more well than she has in recent months, wearing minimal makeup and her brunette locks were down around her face.

It comes after her fiancé Michael Brunelli revealed how Martha’s morning sickness ‘nearly destroyed the couple’.

The 31-year-old reality star revealed that his future wife has been experiencing hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme form of morning sickness, while carrying their first child.

‘Not to say we aren’t eternally grateful to have been able to become pregnant, but this experience has almost destroyed us, individually,’ he wrote before explaining that Martha’s health rapidly declined after falling pregnant earlier this year.

Michael explained that at first he thought her symptoms were normal, but as the weeks went on her discomfort became ‘extreme’.

‘She was vomiting, refused to eat, couldn’t tolerate drinking water, was nauseous 24 hours a day and unable to get out of bed,’

‘By week nine of the pregnancy Martha had lost 10kg, was taking multiple medications and regularly needed an IV drip in hospital to stay hydrated,’ he wrote.

Michael stopped working as a personal trainer to look after his future wife – but saw his mental and physical health decline too.

‘I stopped exercising, lost the care for what I was eating, I was stuck in my own head and not present. I had zero motivation, zero willpower, zero self-care and zero energy. I lost a lot of muscle, gained weight, slept poorly and my overall health declined,’ he added.

Fortunately, Martha’s illness subsided at 22 weeks, with her now able to return to daily activities and Michael returning to work.

Earlier this year, Martha disappeared offline for several weeks, leading to concerns for her well-being.

The couple eventually revealed she was ill with hyperemesis gravidarum, which causes persistent and excessive nausea and vomiting in pregnant women.

The couple explained they had to wait until Martha was feeling better and had reached a safe point in her pregnancy before sharing their news.

‘We wanted to explain our situation and make a little bit of an announcement. Martha is pregnant,’ Michael said in a video at the time.

‘It hasn’t been this exciting, wonderful time for us. I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining,’ Martha added.

‘I was so sick. I could not eat or drink anything. There were days I didn’t even get up to pee. I lost ten kilos in five weeks.

‘We have been in and out of the emergency room and hospital’.

The couple also shared harrowing videos from Martha’s multiple hospital and doctor visits.

‘I don’t know, Michael, if I’m going to survive,’ Martha says in one clip, to which her husband-to-be replies: ‘You will.’

‘I don’t know. I don’t know if I wanna do it. I don’t know if I can,’ Martha continues.

‘I don’t know how you’re feeling,’ he says. ‘But we’re gonna get through it.’

In his caption, Michael expressed his heartache and admitted he’d been feeling ‘completely helpless’ during Martha’s illness.

He said Martha had spent the ‘best part of the last 10 weeks in bed 24 hours a day, dehydrated, nauseous, vomiting, restless, tired, anxious, fatigued and unable to properly sleep or eat’.

Despite visiting the hospital on multiple occasions, receiving medical advice and being prescribed different medications, she has still be suffering with the sickness.

‘But she is a f**king warrior! And so is every other woman that is diagnosed with HG [hyperemesis gravidarum] or any pregnancy-related condition,’ Michael added.

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