Martha Kalifatidis makes a surprising confession about her sex life with Michael Brunelli during her pregnanc
Martha Kalifatidis has revealed she is not having sex during her pregnancy.
Martha explained she is currently staying at her mother’s house in Melbourne after suffering from severe hyperemesis gravidarum – a condition that causes persistent and excessive vomiting during pregnancy.
Martha Kalifatidis has revealed she is not having sex with her fiancé Michael Brunelli during her pregnancy
‘So you and Michael and having sex in your mother’s bed?’ host Kyle Sandilands asked.
Martha tried to quickly shut the line of questioning down by asking Kyle how often he had sex with his fiancée Tegan Kynaston while she was pregnant with their son Otto. He admitted ‘once or twice.’
‘We haven’t had our once or twice moment yet but who knows it’s [Michael’s] birthday [soon],’ she said.
Martha explained she is currently staying at her mother’s house in Melbourne after suffering from severe hyperemesis gravidarum – a condition that causes persistent and excessive vomiting during pregnancy
Elsewhere Martha said she finally got some relief from her hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme form of morning sickness she has suffered.
‘The nausea is relentless,’ she said. ‘There’s no eating, there’s no drinking, you don’t want to put anything in your mouth.’
She went on to explain ‘hyperemesis babies’ are really healthy as the baby ‘takes everything’ from the mother.
Michael recently revealed how Martha’s morning sickness ‘nearly destroyed the couple’.
In a piece for Body & Soul, the personal trainer, 31, shared that looking after Martha has caused him to ditch healthy habits, lose muscle and gain weight.
‘We haven’t had our once or twice moment yet but who knows it’s [Michael’s] birthday [soon],’ she said
‘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,’
Elsewhere Martha said she finally got some relief from her hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme form of morning sickness she has suffered
‘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, and is now able to return to daily activities and Michael has returned to work.
Martha is due to give birth to her first child in February
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.