Michael Brunelli opens up about how Martha Kalifatidis’ pregnancy ‘broke’ him

There’s no arguing that Married At First Sight’s Michael Brunelli is his fiancée Martha Kalifatidisbiggest support system.

And that’s more important than ever now the couple are preparing for welcome their first child early next year.

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The proof was in the pudding when Michael dropped everything to be at Martha’s beck and call when she fell pregnant and became “bedridden” with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG).

In an exclusive interview with 9Entertainment, Michael opened up about how Martha’s pregnancy led him to breaking point.

The soon-to-be-dad talked about everything from fatherhood and baby names to mental health and his new Tru Fit challenge.

MAFS, Michael Brunelli
It’s been a busy time for Michael as he prepares to launch his next Tru Fit challenge and become a father. (Instagram)

“At that time of me focusing solely on her and trying to do what I could to help in the smallest way possible, I lost focus on my own health, physical and mental,” Michael said.

“Even though I’d do it all over again, I think I got to a point where basically, I broke.

“Everything came to a head when I started looking in the mirror talking and thinking about myself in a way that I never had.

“And I just had this moment of ‘I need to shift the focus a little bit slightly back to myself’.”

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Michael Brunelli celebrates four-year anniversary with Martha on Instagram.
It’s been a huge 12 months for Michael and Martha who got engaged and are expecting their first child. (Instagram)

But in true Michael style, the fitness trainer turned a negative into a positive and started a new one True Fit challenge with a mindfulness focus to help people who are in a similar lifestyle slump.

“I thought, ‘well, how can I use what I’ve learned to help other people’,” Michael explained.

Since taking a bit more time for himself, Michael admitted that not only does he feel better, but he’s in a much better place to help Martha.

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But he’s not sure if he’ll be able to keep up the consistency once the baby arrives.

“It’s gonna be a really interesting time once Martha has the baby,” he said.

MAFS' Martha Kalifatidis and Michael Brunelli hint at their baby's gender.
MAFS’ Martha Kalifatidis and Michael Brunelli hint at their baby’s gender. (Instagram)

“We still have work commitments and our health commitments to ourselves as well, so I think this is going to be a little bit of a juggling act.

“I’m looking forward to figuring it out and working together and maybe some days I can’t do certain things that I could do before we had a baby and I’ll accept that. That’s fine.”

Now 25 weeks along, Martha “has improved a lot” since the beginning of her pregnancy.

“She still has her bad days where she’s stuck in bed feeling super unwell, but in saying that there are so many more positive days now,” Michael said.

Martha Kalifatidis, Michael Brunelli
Michael was happy to report Martha’s good days far outweigh the bad ones. (Instagram)

Michael explained the couple wanted to “hold off on announcing the gender of the baby until Martha was feeling better”.

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Even though Martha’s health has taken a positive turn, the couple has yet to set a date on the announcement and said they want to stay “tight-lipped” about it until the time is right.

The couple have put their bets on the table though.

“Martha thinks it’s going to be a girl. I think it’s going to be a boy so we’ll have to wait and see,” Michael said.

MAFS, Martha Kalifatidis, Michael Brunelli
The parents-to-be announced the pregnancy in September. (nine)

With the gender of the baby unknown, the expectant parents have shortlisted a few boys’ and girls’ names.

Although “nothing is set in stone”, there is one family tradition that could sway their decision.

“Traditionally, in Martha’s family, they name the kids after someone else in the family, so I don’t know whether we’ll go down that road or not,” Michael said.

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