Married At First Sight’s Martha Kalifatidis bedridden due to severe pregnancy sickness

Married At First Sight star Martha Kalifatidis reveals she is again bedridden and unable to dress herself due to severe pregnancy sickness after brief remission

Martha Kalifatidis has revealed that her battle with hyperemesis gravidarum has regressed. 

The former Married At First Sight star was briefly feeling better but on Sunday told her fans she was again bedridden as she battles extreme nausea. 

Sharing a photo of herself to Instagram Stories, the 34-year-old looked ashen and noticeably unwell. 

Martha Kalifatidis (pictured) has revealed that her battle with hyperemesis gravidarum has regressed. The former Married At First Sight star was briefly feeling better but on Sunday told her fans she was again bedridden as she battles extreme nausea

Martha Kalifatidis (pictured) has revealed that her battle with hyperemesis gravidarum has regressed. The former Married At First Sight star was briefly feeling better but on Sunday told her fans she was again bedridden as she battles extreme nausea

She also posted a video in which fiancé Michael Brunelli had to help her get dressed as she lay in bed. 

‘I had a good day yesterday, but today we are back here,’ she captioned the clip. 

It comes after Martha last week shared a photo of herself at 16 weeks pregnant, revealing how thin her battle with hyperemesis gravidarum has left her. 

She also posed a video in which fiancé Michael Brunelli (pictured) had to help her get dressed as she lay in bed

She also posed a video in which fiancé Michael Brunelli (pictured) had to help her get dressed as she lay in bed

'I had a good day yesterday, but today we are back here,' she captioned the clip

‘I had a good day yesterday, but today we are back here,’ she captioned the clip

The influencer, who is expecting her first child, posted the image to Instagram Stories. 

In the photo, she looks frail and pale, her clothes hanging off her noticeably thinner frame after a 10 kilo weight loss.

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.

It comes after Martha last week shared a photo of herself at 16 weeks pregnant, revealing how thin her battle with hyperemesis gravidarum has left her

It comes after Martha last week shared a photo of herself at 16 weeks pregnant, revealing how thin her battle with hyperemesis gravidarum has left her 

Martha and Michael announced 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. 

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.

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 10 kilo weight loss. She is pictured before and after 

‘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. 

‘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 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

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 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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