Well, all the spacefolk are hoors (as Ralphie from the Sopranos would say), which explains the population growth. But SD could mix things up and make things interesting by making a mass outbreak of STDs in your galaxy because of the hoorishness. Make it a Galactic Event: "Your women and men are too loose with their morals. As a result, STD cases have skyrocketed across your galaxy. Population growth will half for the next x turns as this dealt with. Also, productivity will drop as your worker are too...ah, shall we say tender?...to work for you. And those little crabs are no good at making or discovering stuff either - but you could try.....:
Benevolent: Cream and medication for all. 10% approval, -20% productivity
Pragmatic: If you can walk, you can work. Get the cream later. 5% approval, -5% influence, -10% productivity, -5% population growth.
Malevolent: Shaddup and work you hoors!! Plus extra hours for breaking our moral code . -15% approval, 5% productivity, -20% population growth."
As for how those cute little babies grow up so fast...Um, genetics, GM....I dunno...