I can't think of the word - there's a sort of valve between your stomach and oesophagas that keep the food in your stomach once its down there. It being weak in pregnancy is what is causing all this heartburn we're having. Mine seems especially weak - in that every cough has the potential to become a heave. Its particularly bad in the morning - I'm struggling to brush my teeth in the mornings as it just makes me gag just having the toothbrush in my mouth. But it happens at other times too. I coughed in work and nearly threw up all over my desk a couple of days ago. I'm not nauseaus or feeling ill, but when I cough, I nearly throw up and have to sit calmly focusing on keeping everything where it should be! Its worse if I see something gross - my body involutarily coughs and heaves. I work in the city where there's a lot of clubs/pubs/etc and if I see puke on the street, it happens then. Or even just dog poop. Its really strange. Anyone else have this?