“Writing can give you what having a baby can give you: it can get you to start paying attention, can help you to soften, can wake you up.”
It depends on what are you writing.
To write like this (what am doing and perhaps several people doing), indeed, can give you what having a baby can give you.
It can get you to start paying TO MUCH attention that you start to ignore other things (and perhaps to push people away).
It can help you to be firm (sometimes tooooo firm, that people recognize you as a rude, cranky, heartless, mad person).
It can wake you up ALLLL NIGHT.
It can get you being isolated.
It can give you baby blues syndrom.
It can help you to cut your budget for nice dresses, lovely meals, gorgeous shoes.
It can get you to start grabbing what ever food available or, not eating at all.