In a report released Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says women are dying because of pregnancy complications and their doctors are not prescribing enough painkillers.
The report also warns pregnant women may be getting high doses of antibiotics to treat infections and may be losing weight due to the complications of childbirth.
“Women who are pregnant are at increased risk for complications, including premature labor, labor-related infections, and preterm birth, according to the report,” the CDC said.
“This means that pregnant women are at higher risk for experiencing labor-induced infections, such as UTIs, pneumonia, and bloodstream infections.”
Pregnant men are also getting high levels of antibiotics.
In the report, the CDC says it is not yet known how many men have died of birth defects related to the use of antibiotics, or if the rise in birth defects is related to more people using the drug to treat pregnancy complications.
The CDC also notes the birth defect rate has increased by about 40 percent since the 1960s.
The findings come as lawmakers grapple with the opioid crisis.
Last week, Congress voted to extend emergency funding for states to purchase painkillers to help ease the nation’s opioid crisis, and President Donald Trump is trying to push for federal funding to help the opioid epidemic.
Trump and his allies say the drug crisis is caused by doctors who are treating patients with prescriptions for opioids that are not safe for them, which led to the rise of the opioid painkiller addiction crisis.
A report released last month by the Centers on Disease Control found the number of deaths related to opioid overdose rose sharply in the United States from 2009 to 2017, and it is likely the epidemic will continue to increase.
The president has also threatened to withhold millions of dollars in federal funding from states that do not expand Medicaid coverage to opioid addicts.