MAFS' Michael Brunelli admits he's 'petrified' heading into fatherhood

Michael Brunelli and Martha Kalifatidis’ pregnancy journey has been anything but easy, with the Married At First Sight couple revealing in September that Martha had been suffering from an extreme form of morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum.

The debilitating illness, which affects an estimated 0.5 to 2 per cent of pregnant women, left her bedridden for months as she suffered from excessive nausea and vomiting.

Michael Brunelli and Martha Kalifatidis.
Michael Brunelli has shared an update on his fiancée Martha Kalifatidis’ pregnancy. Photos: Instagram/mbrunelli

Michael has now shared an update on his fiancée’s health and revealed that she’s “improved a lot” since they found out she was pregnant midway through their recent trip to Europe.

“For those first few weeks she was in the most horrific state I’ve seen her in and was no better when we got back,” he tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “She’s stronger than anyone I know so I admire her for that. She’s been able to get through it and still be positive about the experience as well.

“She's having a lot more good days now where she's actually able to get up and go outside, but then on the flip side, there are still those bad days where she’s stuck in bed feeling really nauseous. We're trying to focus on the positives and keep that positive reinforcement coming, and there’s not as much suffering now.”


Speaking about his own fatherhood journey, the personal trainer admits he’s both “super excited” and “petrified” to become a dad.

“It's just the complete unknown for me,” he says. “I didn't grow up with baby cousins and nephews, so it's going to be a new experience. I do have a one-year-old and a three-year-old nephew now and I’m trying to hold them more and play with them more so I can start to get used to it.

“There aren’t any real fears, it’s more a kind of anxious excitement to just get things started and take the advice of our parents, our grandparents and our relatives. We’re just taking that all on board and figuring out what kind of dad I am.

He continues: “I think both of us, while maybe it wasn't expected, we are both ready for it to happen. There's never a perfect time to have kids so for us, this is as perfect as it's going to get. I just honestly can't wait to see what personality this kid has.”

Michael Brunelli.
Michael has launched TruFit’s 30 Day Reset Challenge to help reset his own fitness journey. Photo: Instagram/

Michael’s fitness challenge

As Michael has spent the past few months prioritising Martha’s health and well-being and taking care of her needs, he confesses that there has been a “complete stop” on his personal fitness and eating habits which has taken a toll on his mental health.

He says he “lost complete focus” on anything health-related and got to a breaking point where things needed to change, which is why he decided to create TruFit’s new 30 Day Reset Challenge.

“This challenge is basically as much for me as it is for the people that join the TruFit community, and it’s just about getting back on track, salvaging what's left of 2022 and making it the best way possible to end the year,” he details.


“I think at this time of the year, people are already looking to January and New Year's resolutions when there's still plenty of time, and I think that's what people forget about. You can still put in 30 days of effort, nothing extreme, and finish the year off so that when you hit New Year’s Eve, you are feeling amazing about yourself.”

Michael, who founded TruFit in 2020, says the challenge consists of five 30-minute home workouts a week, healthy meal recipes, and a nutrition document created by one of the best dieticians in Australia.

“I haven't trained in a long time, I haven’t eaten healthy consistently in a long time, so I'm not just going to be able to turn that all around in one day and be perfect,” he remarks.

“It’s not about aiming for perfection, it’s not about going to extremes, it’s about making small sustainable changes. That is basically what TruFit is all about. It's not going to be 30 days and you’re perfect, it’s going to be 30 days and then you are started on the lifestyle changes because it's not only physical changes, it's mental as well.”

You can sign up for TruFit’s 30 Day Reset challenge here and use the code ‘RESET 10’ for 10% off.

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