Michael Brunelli talks about how Martha Kalifatidis’ pregnancy ‘broke’ him

That cannot be disputed Married at first sight Michael Brunelli is his fiancé Martha Kalifati’s biggest support system.

And that’s more important than ever as the couple prepares to 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 got pregnant and became “bedridden” with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG).

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

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

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

“During that time when I was just focusing on her and trying to do what I could to help in the smallest way I could, I lost focus on my own health, physically and mentally,” said Michael.

“Even if I were to do it all over again, I think I got to a point where I actually broke.

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

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

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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 Tru Fit challenge with a focus on mindfulness to help people experiencing a similar lifestyle crisis.

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

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

READ MORE: Michael reveals the secret behind his happy relationship with Martha

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

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

MAFS' Martha Kalifatidis and Michael Brunelli hint at the sex of their baby.
MAFS’ Martha Kalifatidis and Michael Brunelli hint at the sex of their baby. (Instagram)

“We still have work commitments and our health obligations to ourselves, so I think this is going to be a 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 was able to do before we had a baby and I accept that. That’s fine.”

Now 25 weeks on, 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 that Martha’s good days far outweigh the bad. (Instagram)

Michael explained that the couple wanted to “wait to reveal the gender of the baby until Martha feels better”.

READ MORE: Martha reveals scary hospital trip

While Martha’s health has taken a turn for the better, the couple have yet to set a date for the announcement, saying they want to “keep tight-lipped” about it until the time is right.

However, the pair have put their bets on the table.

“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,” said Michael.

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

Since the baby’s gender is unknown, the parents-to-be have shortlisted a few boy and girl names.

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

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

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Michael Brunelli talks about how Martha Kalifatidis’ pregnancy ‘broke’ him

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