I was very much looking forward to the release of maternity shorts, and had high expectations after loving my Essential Maternity pants. I find these to be less comfortable than my Essential pants because the belly panel doesn't cross over in the back. It is lower in the back, but I would size up to a L next time for this reason. (My Essentials are a M.) I'm 26 weeks into pregnancy #5, and I'm not sure if the belly panel will have enough give to comfortably get me to 40 weeks. I like the ponderosa color, but really wish these came in a pattern. Side pockets are wonderful as always - fit my Galaxy S8 with a case.