These shorts fit true to size, the fabric is very soft and stretchy and the length is perfect. I'm 5'3" and 150 lbs pre-preg, I ordered a medium and they fit perfect. I have tried to find athletic maternity shorts with no luck, the ones at the maternity store don't have the same quality fabric and absorb all the sweat rather than wick it away. I am fairly active at 5 months pregnant, and it has been hard hiking in either capris that get too warm or cotton shorts that become soaking wet and uncomfortable. I'm glad I found these early enough in the pregnancy to order some more colours. I do wish they were available in a deep purple as well.