Claire from MAFS NZ shares the reason she was hospitalised

We've missed Claire in the last couple of episodes of Married at First Sight NZ. Fans were shocked as Claire was checked into hospital during the episode after her health took a downturn at the cocktail party.

Speaking to Newshub on Tuesday afternoon, Claire opened up about that night.

I got to the cocktail party and the stomach pains started

"Women who have had babies will understand when I say they were as bad as contractions."

She said the pain kept coming in waves, and continued all night.

"The next day [the producers] said 'we're taking you to the doctors'."

Claire recounted that the pain was so bad was unable to sit up straight, and she was in tears throughout her examination. 

She was admitted to hospital, with doctors assuming she had appendicitis or gallstones. But it turned out to be neither.

Claire had a blood clot in her stomach; the result of an ulcer which had burst and leaked into her gut.

Vomiting and in lots of pain, she was in hospital for four days.

Claire will be returning to our screens in coming episodes, but for now she says she just wants to pass on her thanks for the support from fans.

"I didn't expect people to be so worried, but I was getting lots of messages and comments asking if I was ok," she said.

"I really appreciate it, it was really awesome."

Catch Married at First Sight Sundays 7pm and Mondays 7:30pm on Three

- Newshub