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Another MAFS baby! Martha Kalifatidis and Michael Brunelli announce pregnancy

Martha and Michael shared the happy news with followers on Monday night.
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After weeks away from social media, Married At First Sight power couple Martha Kalifatidis and Michael Brunelli have finally explained their absence – they’re expecting a baby!

WATCH: A close-up look at Martha Kalifatidis’ engagement ring

The couple drastically cut down their social media presence in July during a trip through Europe, Michael later revealing his fiancée was seriously ill and they had to return home to Australia.

His revelation sparked concern among fans who feared for Martha’s health as she battled an unexplained illness, but worry turned to joy when Martha revealed she’s actually pregnant.

The reality stars revealed the reason behind their social media absence. (Credit: Instagram)

She and Michael shared the happy news with followers on Monday night, posting a joint video where Martha was positively glowing.

“It’s been a minute since we’ve been online, so we wanted to explain our situation and make a little bit of an announcement, and that is that Martha is pregnant,” Michael began.

The pair discovered Martha was pregnant while visiting Rome, Italy not long after Michael opened a fortune cookie on a night out with friends that read “A new baby is coming into your family.”

But Martha added that it hasn’t been the “exciting wonderful time” she hoped for, as she’s been suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum.

“The pair discovered Martha was pregnant while visiting Rome.” (Credit: Instagram)

“I don’t want to sound like I am complaining, we are so excited, we are so happy. It was a complete surprise,” she explained.

“But at five weeks I was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum, which is basically severe chronic nausea and vomiting with no relief. It is like 24/7.”

Martha continued: “I literally did not get out of bed for two months, I was so sick. I could not eat or drink anything. There were days that I did not even get up to pee.”

The reality TV star’s condition got so bad that she was constantly in and out of hospital, shedding a whopping 10 kilos in just five weeks as she tried to manage the condition.

Fortunately, Martha has since found a doctor who has been able to prescribe medication that has her feeling “human again”.

WATCH: Married At First Sights’ Martha Kalifatidis admires her engagement ring

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Though fans were worried about Martha’s illness when she and Michael first returned to Australia, the couple said they didn’t want to share the news that they were expecting until she was further along in the pregnancy.

We kind of just had to disappear offline and give a couple of excuses, and there were a lot of people that were concerned,” he added before thanking followers for all their kind messages.

Famous friends flooded their announcement with congratulations, including fellow MAFS alums like Domenica Calarco and Jules Robinson.

“SO SO HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS. so glad to see you’re feeling better now beautiful xxxxx” Domenica wrote as Jules added, “Congratulations! Hope you feel better soon.”

Michael and Martha have been together since they were matched on MAFS in 2018 and got engaged in 2021.

This article first appeared on our sister site, WHO. 

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