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Married At First Sight’s Martha Kalifatidis’ 10kg weight loss due to severe pregnancy sickness

Martha Kalifatidis has shared a photo of herself as 16 weeks pregnant, revealing how thin her battle with hyperemesis gravidarum has left her. 

The former Married At First Sight star, who is expecting her first child with fiancé Michael Brunelli, posted the image to Instagram Stories on Monday. 

In the photo, the 34-year-old looks frail and pale, her clothes hanging off her noticeably thinner frame after a ten kilo weight loss.

Martha Kalifatidis (pictured) has shared a photo of herself as 16 weeks pregnant, revealing how thin her battle with hyperemesis gravidarum has left her

Martha Kalifatidis (pictured) has shared a photo of herself as 16 weeks pregnant, revealing how thin her battle with hyperemesis gravidarum has left her

She revealed in her caption that she is now 16 weeks into what has been a difficult pregnancy which left her so sick she could not leave her bed for months.

Martha and Michael announced last week that they were expecting their first child together and explained the reason for Martha’s absence from social media was because she is ill with hyperemesis gravidarum, which causes persistent and excessive nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. 

The reality star disappeared offline for several weeks, leading to concerns for her well-being. 

Martha is pictured before her weight loss

In the photo, the 34-year-old looks frail and pale, her clothes hanging off her noticeably thinner frame after a ten kilo weight loss

In the photo, the 34-year-old looks frail and pale, her clothes hanging off her noticeably thinner frame after a ten kilo weight loss. She is pictured before and after 

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 the video.

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

She revealed in her caption that she is now 16 weeks into what has been a difficult pregnancy which left her so sick she could not leave her bed for months

She revealed in her caption that she is now 16 weeks into what has been a difficult pregnancy which left her so sick she could not leave her bed for months

'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' she explained

‘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’ she explained 

‘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’.

Martha then said she was feeling better thanks to a doctor she visited in Melbourne.   

‘She has given me some medication which has literally been life-changing. It is helping me feel human again,’ she said. 

'It hasn't been this exciting, wonderful time for us. I don't want to sound like I'm complaining,' Martha explained. 'We are so excited, we are so happy, it was a compete surprise. But at five weeks I was diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum'

Martha and Michael (right) announced last week that they were expecting their first child together and explained the reason for Martha’s absence from social media was because she is ill with hyperemesis gravidarum, which causes persistent and excessive nausea and vomiting in pregnant women 

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.’

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

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

In one clip, the couple are seen talking to each other in a room about Martha's excruciating pain as she starts to doubt herself. 'I don't know if I wanna do it. I don't know if I can,' she says

In one clip, the couple are seen talking to each other in a room about Martha’s excruciating pain as she starts to doubt herself. ‘I don’t know if I wanna do it. I don’t know if I can,’ she says

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. 

What is hyperemesis gravidarum? 

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a condition that causes persistent and excessive vomiting during pregnancy.

Sufferers can be sick lots of times every day and be unable to keep food or water down, impacting their daily life. 

It is unlikely to harm the baby, but if it causes a women to lose weight during pregnancy there is an increased risk their baby will have a low birth weight. 

It is different to sickness during pregnancy — often called morning sickness — which is normal and affects eight in 10 pregnant women. For most, this stops or improves around weeks 16 to 20.

Meanwhile, HG may not get better by this point and can last until the baby is born. 

Symptoms of HG include prolonged and severe nausea and vomiting, being dehydrated, weight loss and low blood pressure.

Being dehydrated raises the risk of having a blood clot — deep vein thrombosis — but this is rare. 

It is not clear what causes the condition, or why some women get it and others don’t. 

Some experts think it may be linked to the changing hormones in the body that occurs during pregnancy. 

And there is some evidence that it runs in families and women who suffered it during their first pregnancy are more likely to have in any subsequent pregnancies.

Women suffering from HG can be given medicine to improve their symptoms, such as anti-sickness drugs, vitamins B6 and B12 and steroids.

Some women have to be admitted to hospital if their nausea cannot be controlled with medicines at home.

They may require fluids and anti-sickness drugs to be administered through an IV. 

Source: NHS

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