Martha Kalifatidis has revealed that she is not having sex during pregnancy.
The former Married At First Sight star was grilled about her bedroom antics with fiancé Michael Brunelli when she appeared on KIIS FM’s The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Monday.
Martha revealed she is currently living at her mum’s home in Melbourne after suffering from severe hyperemesis gravidarum – a condition that causes frequent and excessive vomiting during pregnancy.
MAFS’ Martha Kalifatidis has revealed that she and Michael Brunelli (both pictured) have stopped having sex during an interview on KIIS FM’s The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Monday.
‘So you and Michael are having sex in your mother’s bed?’ host Kyle Sandilands asked.
Martha tries to quickly shut down the line of questioning by asking Kyle how many times he had sex with his fiancée, Tegan Kynaston, while she was pregnant with their son, Otto. He admitted ‘once or twice’.
‘We ain’t got a time or two yet but who knows it’s [Michael’s] Birthday [soon],’ He added.
‘We ain’t got a time or two yet but who knows it’s [Michael’s] Birthday [soon],’ He added. Image: Martha
Elsewhere, Martha said she finally found some relief from her hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme form of morning sickness she suffers from.
‘The nausea is relentless,’ she said. ‘There’s no food, no drink, you don’t want to put anything in your mouth.’
He explained that ‘hyperemesis babies’ are actually healthy because the baby ‘takes everything’ from the mother.
On Friday, the Married at First Sight star showed off her growing belly in her Instagram stories in a promotional post for the Black Friday sale
Meanwhile, Michael recently revealed how Martha’s morning sickness ‘almost destroyed the couple’.
In an article for Body & Soul, the 31-year-old personal trainer shared that caring for Martha caused him to give up healthy habits, lose muscle and gain weight.
It comes after her fiance Michael Brunelli (right) revealed how Martha’s morning sickness ‘almost destroyed the couple’
‘Not to say that we haven’t always been grateful to be able to be pregnant,’ she wrote, before explaining the rapid decline in Martha’s health after becoming pregnant earlier this year, but this experience has made us Personally almost destroyed.’
Michael said that at first he thought his symptoms were normal, but as the weeks went by his discomfort became ‘extreme’.
‘She was vomiting, refusing to eat, unable to tolerate drinking water, nauseous 24 hours a day and unable to get out of bed,’
She experienced hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme form of morning sickness, while carrying her first child.
“By the ninth week of her pregnancy, Martha had lost 10 kilos, was taking multiple medications and required regular IV drips at the hospital to stay hydrated,” he wrote.
Michael stopped working as a personal trainer to care for his future wife – but also saw a decline in his mental and physical health.
‘I stopped exercising, I lost track of what I was eating, I was stuck in my own head and wasn’t 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.’
Fortunately, Martha’s illness subsided at 22 weeks, and she is now able to return to daily activities and Michael has returned to work.
Fortunately, Martha’s illness subsided at 22 weeks, she was now able to return to daily activities and Michael returned to work.
What is hyperemesis gravidarum?
Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a condition that causes frequent and excessive vomiting during pregnancy.
Sufferers may become ill several times each day and be unable to keep food or water down, affecting their daily lives.
It is unlikely to harm the baby, but if it causes a woman to lose weight during pregnancy, there is an increased risk of low birth weight in her baby.
This is different from sickness during pregnancy – often called morning sickness – which is common and affects up to eight out of 10 pregnant women. For most, it stops or improves around 16 to 20 weeks.
Meanwhile, HG may not get better by this point and may persist until childbirth.
Symptoms of HG include prolonged and severe nausea and vomiting, dehydration, weight loss, and low blood pressure.
Being dehydrated increases the risk of a blood clot – deep vein thrombosis – but this is rare.
It’s not clear what causes the condition, or why some women get it and others don’t.
Some experts believe it may be linked to the changing hormones in the body that occur during pregnancy.
And there is some evidence that it runs in families and that women who have it during their first pregnancy are more likely to have it in subsequent pregnancies.
Women with HG may be given medication to improve their symptoms, such as anti-sickness drugs, vitamins B6 and B12, and steroids.
Some women need to be admitted to hospital if their nausea cannot be controlled with medicines at home.
They may need fluids and anti-sickness drugs to be administered through an IV.