My OB never sees anyone before 6-8 weeks, unless they have some kind of special issue that the nurse certifies needs attention before. There's really nothing for them to do unless you need your levels checked or a prescription or something. If you need to see them sooner, they should be able to get you in. If they can't, see another doctor. If you don't need to see them sooner, I know it's hard to wait.
Same experience here. I see a professional midwife, and she does not see anyone until 12 weeks unless there is some problem to be seen sooner. I have an nurse midwife (with ob in office) back-up, and that office does not see patients until 8 weeks (unless there is a problem). I know it seems like it is a long time away, but there is not much that can be done before 8-12 weeks.
Yeah, it's normal. For most of my pregnancies I didn't see anyone until 8 weeks. Now I go in earlier, but only because I'm at a high risk of loss. (Not that they can do anything at that point, but for documentation, I guess.
That is a normal amount of time, but I agree it's hard to wait! The anticipation of hearing the heart beat, the acknowledgment of a "professional" that you ARE going to have a baby.... but there's no real reason to go in before about 10 weeks.
I agree that it is normal but that doesn't take away from the frustration ((HUGS)). I remember being pregnant with my first and calling up and being so disappointed that I'd have to wait until 12 weeks to see any kind of health professional. For my last pregnancy, I saw a homebirth MW and she'll see you right away which was nice. There was really no reason for me to be seen but I was just so excited to be pregnant and wanted to get to know her right away.