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Pregnant Martha Kalifatidis shows off her growing baby bump as she’s almost in her third trimester

Martha Kalifatidis showed off her growing baby bump and gave a pregnancy update in a video shared to her Instagram on Thursday.

The Married At First Sight star, 34, was glowing as she revealed she’s about to reach her third trimester.

‘I am going to be in my third trimester next week,’ she said with a smile.

Martha Kalifatidis, 34, showed off her growing baby bump and gave a pregnancy update in a video shared to her Instagram on Thursday 

‘Which is exciting and terrifying because I’m well and truly getting so much bigger and I can feel the stretch.’

Martha, who is 28 weeks pregnant, then promoted an oil product that she’s been using as her bump continues to grow.

The beauty influencer said she swears by the product and that she rubs oil on her belly twice a day.

Martha, who is 28 weeks pregnant, then promoted an oil product that she's been using as her bump continues to grow

The beauty influencer said she swears by the product and that she rubs oil on her belly twice a day

Martha, who is 28 weeks pregnant, then promoted an oil product that she’s been using as her bump continues to grow

It comes after Martha revealed she is not having sex during her pregnancy.

Martha explained on KIIS FM’s The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Monday how 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. 

‘So you and Michael are having sex in your mother’s bed?’ host Kyle Sandilands asked.

The Married At First Sight star was glowing as she revealed she's about to reach her third trimester

The Married At First Sight star was glowing as she revealed she’s about to reach her third trimester

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 and her fiancé Michael Brunelli are expecting their first child together, but it hasn’t been an easy pregnancy journey for the couple. 

It comes after Martha revealed she is not having sex with her fiancé Michael Brunelli during her pregnancy

It comes after Martha revealed she is not having sex with her fiancé Michael Brunelli during her pregnancy

'We haven't had our once or twice moment yet but who knows it's [Michael's] birthday [soon],' she said

‘We haven’t had our once or twice moment yet but who knows it’s [Michael’s] birthday [soon],’ she said 

Michael recently revealed how Martha’s morning sickness ‘nearly destroyed’ their relationship.   

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.

‘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.    

Martha and her fiancé Michael Brunelli are expecting their first child together, but it hasn't been an easy pregnancy journey for the couple

Martha and her fiancé Michael Brunelli are expecting their first child together, but it hasn’t been an easy pregnancy journey for the couple 

Martha suffered from severe hyperemesis gravidarum - a condition that causes persistent and excessive vomiting during pregnancy

Martha suffered from severe hyperemesis gravidarum – a condition that causes persistent and excessive vomiting during pregnancy 

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,’ he added.

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

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. 

Source: NHS

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