MAFS: Martha Kalifatidis reveals how severe illness affects her pregnancy

Married At First Sight’s Martha Kalifatidis reveals how severe illness has affected her pregnancy: ‘It’s like you’re hungover’

Married At First Sight’s Martha Kalifatidis has provided frank insight into how her battle with an acute form of morning sickness has impacted her pregnancy.

The 34-year-old, who is expecting her first child with fiancé Michael Brunelli, said on Sunday that being diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum changed everything.

She told The Daily Telegraph her symptoms had manifested in numerous painful ways.

Married At First Sight's Martha Kalifatidis (pictured) has provided frank insight into how her battle with an acute form of morning sickness has impacted her pregnancy

Married At First Sight’s Martha Kalifatidis (pictured) has provided frank insight into how her battle with an acute form of morning sickness has impacted her pregnancy 

‘It’s like you’ve got gastro, you’re hungover and you’re on a boat. This is anything but fun,’ she said.

She explained she was diagnosed just one month into her pregnancy, which forced her and Michael to cut short their European holiday.

‘I was stuck overseas, severely dehydrated and had to get fluids regularly,’ she said.

The 34-year-old, who is expecting her first child with fiancé Michael Brunelli, said on Sunday that being diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum changed everything

The 34-year-old, who is expecting her first child with fiancé Michael Brunelli, said on Sunday that being diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum changed everything 

Michael echoed her sentiments, admitting ‘it was hard to watch her go from enjoying this amazing trip overseas to being bedridden 24 hours a day’.

The pair announced earlier this month they were expecting their first child together. 

They explained the reason for Martha’s prolonged absence from social media was because she was ill with excessive nausea and vomiting.

Earlier this month, Michael (left) explained the reason for Martha's prolonged absence from social media was because she was ill with excessive nausea and vomiting

Earlier this month, Michael (left) explained the reason for Martha’s prolonged absence from social media was because she was ill with excessive nausea and vomiting 

She had disappeared offline for several weeks, leading to concerns for her well-being.

The couple explained they had to wait until she 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 an Instagram video.

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

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 

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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